25 Gallon
Mahogany
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Mahogany

Latin Name:

Didymochlaena tr

Plant Type:

Fern

Description:

Arching fronds in a rosette from ground level or on a very short stem a couple of inches (5cm) tall. New leaves a rich mahogany color, aging to dark green.

Origin:

South Africa

Environment:

Suitable only for a greenhouse

Foliage:

Yes

Flowering:

No

Fragrant:

No

Growing Ease:

Requires extra care

Temperature:

50-75°F, 10-24°C

Humidity:

High humidity

Lighting Needs:

Does best in full sunlight coming from the North/East

Soil Type:

A commercial African violet mix will suffice. If you want to mix your own take: 2 parts garden soil, 2 parts humus (leaf mold), 3 coarse sand or perlite, 1 part rinsed aquarium charcoal chips, a dusting of bonemeal and limestone (or a couple of eggshells). Always use a pot with a hole.

Watering:

Keep the soil evenly moist but reduce watering during the winter. If you use rainwater, be careful as it could be acidic and always use warm water.

Fertilizer:

Fertilising is not recommended.

Plant Pests:

Prone to scale, mealy bugs and aphids. Always inspect any new plant for pests before introducing it to your home or greenhouse.

Propagation:

Spores and division in the spring. After dividing plant, pot in the plant’s regular potting mix. Take spores from ripe spore cases on the undersides of the fronds. Put the spores in an envelope and allow to dry. Place a brick in a plastic box or pan and put 2 inches (5cm) of distilled water in it and cover the brick with a quarter inch of moist peat. Sprinkle spores on the peat and cover the container with a piece of glass or plastic. Be sure to maintain the water level. Place in low light, after a few months a green moss like growth should cover the peat. Eventually leaves will appear, divide and transplant after they are 2 inches (5cm) tall.

Gardening Tips & Care:

Mist frequently with warm water (lime free to avoid leaf staining). Place pebbles or gravel in the drainage dish to hold water and increase the humidity, make sure the pot is sitting on the gravel and not in the water.

Is Genus:

No

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