Asplenium bulbiferum, Mother Fern or Mother Spleenwort, is a fern native to New Zealand that is commonly sold as an indoor houseplant. Of the Spleenwort family of ferns based on the belief that the plant treats medical ailments pertaining to the spleen, A. bulbiferum is a lovely fern variety. The following contains information on Mother Fern indoor care and propagation.
Mother Fern Houseplant
In its native New Zealand, Mother Fern is eaten by the Maori, wherein young fronds are collected and eaten raw or cooked like a vegetable.
Mother Fern houseplant has brilliantly green, finely serrated fronds which emerge from a solitary crown. The resulting foliage develops into a lush, feathery evergreen arch perfect for containers and hanging baskets.
Mother Fern Propagation
Producing neither flowers nor fruit, Mother Fern reproduces instead vegetatively; offsets grow and then fall from the mother plant to grow into new plants; however, most plants sold as Mother Fern houseplants are the sterile hybrid A. xlucrosum.
Mother Fern Indoor Care
Mother Fern should be watered moderately during the growing season and sparingly over the winter months. During the growing season, apply a balanced liquid fertilizer at half strength monthly.
Mother Fern Care Outdoors
In areas where Mother Fern can be grown outside, select a shaded, sheltered are for growth, under an awning, in northern exposure, or in shaded and woodland gardens. Grow Mother Fern in humus-rich, moist, and well-draining soil.