Asplenium ‘Parvati’

Family: Aspleniaceae

Asplenium ‘Parvati’ is an evergreen fern with very pretty lacy fronds.  A hybrid fern from Australia, Asplenium ‘Parvati’ is also known by its botanical name, Asplenium dimorphum x difforme (x Parvati).  This fern’s common name is the ‘Mother Fern’, as it produces new baby ferns from its fronds.  Although Asplenium ‘Parvati’ ferns have an intricate form and delicate appearance, these ferns are more robust than they appear; their fronds possess a toughened, waxy outer covering that helps the fern retain and conserve moisture.

Position Asplenium ‘Parvati’ where this fern will enjoy soft, filtered light.  Avoid growing Asplenium ‘Parvati’ in a location that is exposed to harsh or intense, direct sunlight; as this is likely to damage and scorch the fern’s fronds.  Asplenium ‘Parvati’ doesn’t want to be grown in direct sunlight, but this fern will decline in the shade.  Look for an area that’s a happy medium – a place with moderate lighting – where it isn’t too bright or too shaded.  If your window sill is very bright and sunny, place Asplenium ‘Parvati’ away from the window, perhaps nearer a corner of the room.

Another consideration when deciding where to place your Asplenium ‘Parvati’ is to avoid placing this fern near a radiator, oven, fan or air conditioning unit.  I’d also advise keeping Asplenium ‘Parvati’ away from exterior doors or windows to avoid cold draughts.  Keep your fern away from anything that dries, heats, or cools the air.  This is a tender fern that can be killed by cold temperatures; keep your Asplenium ‘Parvati’ fern in a protected environment where your plant won’t ever experience temperatures lower than 13C (55F) at night.

When it comes to watering, check your fern’s compost before you water.  Don’t let the compost dry out, but also take care not to over water your fern – don’t keep the compost wet and soggy.  Aim for evenly moist compost and water when the compost is dry on the surface, but there is still some moisture deeper down and around the fern’s roots.  Asplenium ‘Parvati’ benefits from regular misting and thrives in a humid environment.  Group Asplenium ‘Parvati’ with other ferns and houseplants, and keep this fern away from radiators and open fires.

Asplenium ‘Parvati’ ferns grow up to a maximum of around 50cm (1.6ft) tall.

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