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Asplenium Bulbiferum is a species of evergreen tree fern.

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Asplenium Bulbiferum is a species of evergreen tree fern.

Overview of Asplenium Bulbiferum

• It is also known as Mother Spleenwort.
• It is a native to Australia and New Zealand.
• It is also called hen and chicken fern.
• In the Maori language it is called pikopiko, mouku or mauku.
• Its fronds are eaten as a vegetable.
• These species grow small bulbils on top of their fronds.
• It can grow up to a height of 5 cm (2 in).
• It is used for propagation than spores.
• The hen and chicken fern commonly grows in most bush areas.
• It thrives from shade to partial sunlight.

Scientific classification for Asplenium Bulbiferum

• Kingdom : Plantae
• Division : Pteridophyta
• Class : Polypodiopsida
• Order : Polypodiales
• Family : Aspleniaceae
• Genus : Asplenium
• Species : A. bulbiferum
• Binomial name : Asplenium bulbiferum

Growing/Caring conditions for Asplenium Bulbiferum

• Locate a shady location.
• The site should receive periodic direct sunlight.
• Tree ferns will not thrive in complete shade.
• It should be planted in areas.
• The location should receive some direct sunlight.
• The locations should also have plenty of space to develop.
• Mature ferns may have a spread of 15 feet or more.
• Till compost into the soil of the planting site.
• This will help to improve drainage.
• It will also provide nutrients for developing tree ferns.
• Compost should be thoroughly mixed into the soil to a depth of at least 2 feet.
• Tilling the soil helps young tree fern roots to develop and expand underground.
• Sow tree fern spores into the soil.
• Cover with a thin layer of soil.
• If planting a small tree fern from a nursery, loosen the roots of young tree ferns before planting.
• If the roots are tangled and stunted, carefully cut with scissors.
• This will spur new root development.
• Place the plant gently into the soil.
• Ensure that the roots are evenly spread.
• Place mulch around the tree fern.
• Help maintain soil moisture.
• Fertilize tree ferns lightly.
• It should be fertilized throughout the growing season with a wet fertilizer.
• Water tree ferns regularly.
• Cover tree fern fronds with newspapers.
• This is to protect tree ferns from frost damage as needed.
• Prune brown fronds as needed.
• Monitor closely for diseases.
• Tree ferns are most commonly infested by mites, mealy bugs and termites.

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