BRAKE

FAMILY: Pteridaceae | GENUS: PTERIS

TYPE
  • Vines / Ground Covers
  • Ferns
SUN EXPOSURE
  • Partial Shade
  • Full Shade
WATER
  • Regular Water

Plant Details

Small evergreen ferns of sub- tropical origin. They are mostly used as houseplants, but the ones listed here will also grow outdoors. Indoors, they should be sited in bright light but shielded from hot sun; an east-facing window is ideal. They benefit from frequent misting. Provide good drainage; keep the soil evenly moist. Fertilize every 2 weeks during spring and summer and once monthly in fall and winter with a general-purpose liquid houseplant fertilizer.

cretan brake

pteris cretica

  • To feet high, 2 feet wide, with comparatively few long, narrow leaflets.
  • Numerous selections exist; some have forked or crested fronds, others are variegated.
  • Pteris c.
  • albolineata ('Albolineata' ) has a broad white band down the center of each leaflet.
  • Mayi is similar but with crested tips.
  • Light green 'Wimsettii' has fronds that are forked at the tip on mature plants; it is so dense and frilly that it does not even look like a fern.

australian brake

pteris quadriaurita

  • Reaches 24 feet tall and wide.
  • Rather coarsely divided fronds.
  • Not as easy to grow as other species, but worth the effort for unusual coloring of varieties Pteris q.
  • argyraea (P.
  • argyraea), with green fronds heavily marked white, and 'Tricolor', with fronds marked white, green, and red.
  • Protect from frost watch for slugs and snails.

pteris tremula

  • To 5 feet tall and 3 feet wide.
  • Extremely graceful fronds on slender, upright stalks.
  • Good landscape fern with excellent silhouette.
  • Fast growing but tends to be rather short lived.

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