Blechnum Gibbum…… like any of us are really going to remember that !!!… lets just call it what it is “the Silver Lady Fern”, which is a fast growing, low maintenance, easy to grow and care for fern with attractive broad green fronds, that can be grown outside in low light areas, or indoors in indirect lighting.
The Silver Lady Fern will grow up to 150cms tall by 95cms wide in filtered light – part sun ( not direct) to part shade ( not full shade, it is not a mushroom !!)… Silver lady can handle more light than most ferns, but i always act on the side of caution…. just to be safe… you don’t want these lush pretties burning on a hot February day
now we could use fancy botanical terminologies like elongated form of fronds, rhizomatous body structure, epiphytic nature ( meaning derives its nutrients from air, rain, water, etc)… but unless you have a dictionary or botanical degree, or you are just a know it all… nobody actually talks that way… so basically, most ferns are not a heavy eaters and dont require any extra fertiliser, but do love a moist soil level, but not sopping or over wet… moist = cool to touch, not leaking water….
The Silver Lady fern will grow in areas of minimal sunlight, its Broad Green foliage sets it apart from other ferns and makes it ideal for large pots, containers, and mixed planters, also good for using i floristry. The Silver Lady Fern is fast growing and also versatile and great indoors as an air purifier, its broad green leaves help to remove toxins from the air inside your home and help to bring a lush garden feel from outside to inside !!
Ferns are known as humidity lovers, they like moist air, like in rainforests and our forests here in the Dandenong Ranges, they like the misty air and often it is enough for them to live off, as well as the decomposition on the forest floor, they feed off that much like the mosses, algae etc ( epiphytic), so on dry days in the garden during summer, give them a light spray over with some moisture to freshen them up, or if you home is a little dry and you are using ferns as an indoor plant, a light squirt of water with a spray bottle will help to keep some humidity up for them.