|1||Lemon Button Fern, Nephrolepis Cordifolia Duffii - Plant|
|2||6 inch (15 cm) Grower Round Plastic Pot (Black)|
Once it finds its place in your home, and you establish its care cycle, its pretty much care-free. A small fern that grows to about a foot high and not much more across, it boasts tiny arching stems.
Leaves are round with very small serrated edges that alternate up the stem. When handled, theres a lemon scent, which in addition to its yellowish gold color gives the fern its name.The Nephrolepis is the smallest of the Boston ferns and good for the beginning Indoor Gardener.
The plant usually starts off in a small pot of no more than 4 inches, and never progresses much out of a 6to 8inch container.
|Common Name||Duffy Fern, Lemon Button Fern,Erect Sword Fern|
|Maximum Reachable Height||Height: 6-12 inches Width: 12-18 inches|
|Difficulty Level||easy to grow|
Give them plenty of organic matter when planting and don’t crowd them.Wear sturdy gloves to protect your hands from prickly thorns. Have a hose or bucket of water and all your planting tools nearby. In its native habitat, it may grow to as much as 7 inch tall. It is an easy and popular fern to grow indoors.
Watch the base of the fronds. If they turn brown, you're either under- or over-watering. Care for the Lemon Button Fern is similar to that for any of the Boston Ferns, but as with any plant, pay attention to its particular needs in your location.
|Sunlight||low, filtered shade; no direct afternoon sun|
|Watering||moderate, keep soil moist , dont let it dry out; don't allow it to get soggy|
|Soil||mix peat moss into potting soil; well draining|
|Fertilizer||spring-early fall, once per 3-4 weeks; liquid fertilizer, half strength|
As an indoor fern, it is perhaps best for pedestals or hanging baskets. Locations in or near bathrooms or kitchens may have better humidity. Where winter hardy outdoors, it may be grown in groups or massed in shady areas, or it may be sited at the base of shrubs or around trees.