Fern / Sword
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Fern / Sword

Latin Name:

Polystichum minutum

Plant Type:



Fronds in a dense clump, feather-like, two to three feet (60-90cm) tall.


World Wide


Suitable for the home or a greenhouse







Growing Ease:

Requires extra care


50-75°F, 10-24°C


Medium humidity

Lighting Needs:

Does best in full sunlight coming from the North/South/East/West

Soil Type:

Use a GOOD rich potting soil (a soil that retains water yet drains well), such as an African violet mix. If you want to mix your own take: 1 part humus (leaf mold), 1 part peat, 1 part garden soil and 1 part coarse sand or perlite. Always use a pot with a hole.


Keep the soil barely moist and if you use rainwater, be careful as it could be acidic. Use warm water.


Feed monthly spring through fall with water soluble fertilizer diluted by half. An alternative is a granular slow release fertilizer if applied annually in the early spring.

Plant Pests:

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


Division and spores 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:

Will grow for everyone and needs repotting in the spring. 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.

Air Purifier:

A good remover of formaldehyde, benzene, toluene and trichloroethylene from the atmosphere.

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