Pteris umbrosa

4 in stock

A half-hardy fern from Australia, with elegant semi-evergreen finger-like fronds held on stiff stems (stipes, to be botanically correct!). It makes an excellent subject for a pot on a shady patio, or a cool greenhouse.

Common Name: Australian Jungle Brake
Plant Family: Pteridaceae
Plant Type: Tender Fern
9 cm
Sun or Shade
Part Shade
low (up to 3 feet)
Minimum temperature
Frost tender (plus 1 to 5 deg. C.)
Sheltered, frost-free gardens
Planting Style
sub tropical bed out
Soil Type
Normal, well-drained but moisture retentive
Tender Ferns

Growing ferns indoors requires a bit of knowledge about their requirements. They prefer cool humid conditions so are ideal for a bathroom or kitchen, away from direct sunlight and heat sources such as radiators. They do like moist compost, but definitely not soggy, so grow in free-draining peat or peat-free compost, with added grit, or bark if you can get it. In other words, a moisture retentive but free draining mix. Never put straight into a large pot, many ferns prefer a shallow rather than a deep pot. Pot up gradually to the next size (maximum 2 inches wider in diameter), and wait for the plant to make a full root-ball before potting on again. This may take months so don’t rush it. Always plant into a pot with drainage holes so you can allow any excess water to drain away if you do accidentally over water it. If desired this can then be stood in a more decorative outer pot with some pebbles in the bottom. Do not allow the compost to become either excessively wet or dry.

Pot Sizes

Unless otherwise indicated our plants are supplied in the following pot sizes according to category. Dimensions refer to either the pot diameter (cm) or volume (litre);

  • Exotics/Conservatory & House Plants, Succulents: mostly as young plants in 7 to 9cm (approx. 0.5 litre)  or 1 litre pots
  • Hardy Perennials, Ferns and Grasses: 1 litre (approx. 12cm diameter)
  • Hardy Shrubs and Climbers: 1.5 or 2 litre 

The exact size of plants will vary with the growing season and may be cut back in accordance with normal pruning regimes or to fit in the box if they are excessively tall.

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Delivery Info

Minimum order value £10

Region Order Value Carriage Charge Carrier Service Estimated Delivery from placing your order
UK (excluding N. Ireland) Light weight small parcel up to 2 kg (up to 5 plants in 9 cm pots) £6 Royal Mail 1-2 Days (tracked) Up to 17 days
UK Mainland Orders over 2 kg £7.50 Royal Mail 1-2 Days (tracked) Up to 17 days
Seeds & Cuttings only All orders £2 Royal Mail 1st Class Within 1 week

Local Delivery: Postcodes IP1 to IP8 & CO10

Orders over £35 FREE Our vehicles Within 1 week

Collect from Nursery (IP7 6LZ)

All orders FREE  

1-3 days (we will contact you)

Scottish Highlands
& Isle of Wight

Orders over 2 kg 

£6 Royal Mail 1-2 Days (tracked)

Up to 18 days

Scottish Offshore Islands

Orders over 2 kg

£7.5 Royal Mail 1-2 Days (tracked)

Up to 18 days


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Royal Mail 1-2 Days (tracked)