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Blechnum Discolor is a species of fern belonging to the family of Blechnaceae.




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Blechnum Discolor also known as crown fern is a species of fern belonging to the family Blechnaceae.

Overview of Blechnum Discolor

• The native Maori name is ‘Piupiu’.
• The name ‘discolor’ means of two different colours.
• It refers to contrasting greens displayed by fertile and sterile fronds.
• Blechnum discolor is endemic to New Zealand.
• It can be found growing right across the North, South, Chatham and Stewart Islands.
• Blechnum Discolor has bright green, upright fronds.
• They grow up to 1m (3ft) long.
• They form a crown shape.
• The species is dimorphic with long erect fertile fronds emerging from the centre of the plants.
• They emerge in spring.
• The fertile fronds start off a light green colour with a very slight orange tinge to the tips.
• They turn to a dark brown as the spores ripen.

Scientific classification of Blechnum Discolor

• Kingdom: Plantae
• Division: Pteridophyta
• Class: Pteridopsida
• Order: Athyriales
• Family: Blechnaceae
• Genus: Blechnum
• Species: B. discolor

Growing/Caring conditions for Blechnum Discolor

• Plant the ferns in a shady bed.
• It should not be densely shaded.
• Dappled shade is fine for ferns.
• Too much sunlight will burn the ferns and dry them out.
• Test the soil.
• Ferns prefer acidic soils rather than alkaline.
• Add 3 buckets of peat moss and 1 bucket of sand to the area where you removed the soil.
• Mix thoroughly.
• Remove the ferns from their pots.
• Dig a whole the same size as the pot.
• Place the fern in the hole.
• Push 1/2 inch of soil up around and over the soil in the pot.
• Keep the soil moist but not boggy.
• Ferns prefer well-drained soil.
• Ferns don’t like to sit in water.
• Water when needed.
• Remove the ferns from the garden and bring them inside when temperatures drop below 60 degrees.
• Do it on a regular basis.
• Leave them in the ground to freeze.
• They’ll decompose over the winter and add organic material to the soil.
• Replant when temperatures warm to more than 70 degrees in the spring.
• Place the ferns where they will receive bright light but not direct sunlight.
• Mist the plants every few days.
• Do it if the air in the house is dry.
• During winter, central heating tends to lower the humidity in the house.
• Another solution is to group the ferns and set their pots on a tray filled with pebbles.
• Add water to the tray but keep the level below the tops of the pebbles.
• Water when the plants start to dry out but don’t let them dry out.
• Use your finger to test the soil.
• If the top inch feels moist, wait to water.
• Feed with a water soluble fertilizer once a month at half-strength.
• Add a tsp. of fertilizer to 1 qt. of water, use 1/2 tsp.
• Plant the ferns in pots with plenty of drainage.
• Ferns love moisture via humidity.
• They tend to cling to rocks and trees.
• Leave the ferns in an area that gets indirect sunlight.
• Water ferns once a day
• Be careful not to over-water the soil.
• Clean out drainage holes regularly.
• Ferns thrive in a humid environment.
• Fertilize ferns every four to six weeks.
• Fertilize them year round.
• Remove any dead leaves or branches.
• Keep the temperature between 65 and 75 degrees Fahrenheit (18 and 24 degrees Centigrade) during the day and not less than 55 degrees Fahrenheit (13 degrees Centigrade) at night.





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