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Hen and Chicken Fern

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Hen and Chicken Fern

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Hen and Chicken ferns or Asplenium bulbiferum are one of the most common New Zealand forest ferns. It can be planted both outside in the garden or in a pot inside your home.

 When planted outside this fern thrives in damp and shady spots, such as in the shade of a large tree. Inside they can still thrive, just place in a shadier spot, and keep well watered - bathrooms with natural sunlight are a great home!

When in the correct conditions Hen and Chicken Ferns can grow to around 50cm high and 1m wide. The name comes from their method of reproducing: little bulbils (the chickens) that form on the leaves, which fall off once around 5cm big, and form their own roots.

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Hen and Chicken ferns or Asplenium bulbiferum are one of the most common New Zealand forest ferns. It can be planted both outside in the garden or in a pot inside your home.

 When planted outside this fern thrives in damp and shady spots, such as in the shade of a large tree. Inside they can still thrive, just place in a shadier spot, and keep well watered - bathrooms with natural sunlight are a great home!

When in the correct conditions Hen and Chicken Ferns can grow to around 50cm high and 1m wide. The name comes from their method of reproducing: little bulbils (the chickens) that form on the leaves, which fall off once around 5cm big, and form their own roots.

Hen and Chicken Ferns are one of the most well known and recognised native New Zealand Ferns, and loves damp and shady spots around the garden or home. Wellington serves as the perfect environment for these ferns! It will grow up to around 50cm high and 1 meter wide if allowed to, but keep in a smaller pot to restrict the size.

 

Please note that cuttings are wrapped in wet newspaper, with no roots, in a small amount of soil. If you are not confident at striking cuttings you should purchase the adult plant. You will receive one 10cm cutting that needs to be put 4cm deep into wet soil as soon as possible.