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Care of the plant Cyrtomium falcatum or Japanese holly fern.

Care of the plant Cyrtomium falcatum or Japanese holly fern

The genus Cyrtomium, family Dryopteridaceae, includes 35 species of ferns native to Asia, Africa, Madagascar and the Pacific Ocean islands. Some species are: Cyrtomium falcatum, Cyrtomium taiwanianum, Cyrtomium fortunei, Cyrtomium serratum.

Common names: Japanese holly fern, House holly-fern. This species is native to eastern Asia.

They are ferns with long fronds of 50-60 cm in length with alternating pinnae in the shape of a diamond and bright green. On the underside of the leaves are the spores of these plants.

They are used as a houseplant in hanging pots; in hot climates (Mediterranean or subtropical) they are used to form groups in understory.

Cyrtomium falcatum needs a warm, shady exposure; it does not resist temperatures below 10ºC. It's important not to expose them to tobacco smoke and drafts.

The soil can be a mixture of 1/4 normal garden substrate, 1/4 coarse sand and 2/4 peat.

In summer you have to water abundantly and the humidity must be high. In autumn and winter, watering must be reduced.

They do not need fertilizers.

They are sensitive to pollution (they turn yellow); in case of drought they can be attacked by mealybugs and by mites.

They propagate by division or from spores sown in peat at 25 ºC.

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Cyrtomium falcatum
Cyrtomium falcatum
Cyrtomium falcatum
Cyrtomium falcatum
Cyrtomium falcatum
 

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