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Asplenium Flaccidum is a species of evergreen tree fern.

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Asplenium Flaccidum which is also known as Hanging spleenwort is a species of evergreen tree fern.

Overview of Asplenium Flaccidum

• Asplenium flaccidum belongs to the family Aspleniaceae.
• Other common names of this plant are Drooping Spleenwort or Weeping Spleenwort.
• The species name flaccidum derives from the Latin root meaning drooping.
• Flaccidum occurs within a Nothofagus-Podocarp forest at Hamilton Ecological District on New Zealand’s North Island.
• It grows up to a height of 4-36 in. (60-90 cm) to 36-48 in. (90-120 cm).
• It needs a spacing of about 12-15 in. (30-38 cm).
• It is propagated by dividing rhizomes, tubers, corms or bulbs or from spores.

Scientific classification for Asplenium Flaccidum

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

Growing/Caring conditions for Asplenium Flaccidum

• 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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