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Phlebodium aureum, commonly known as blue star fern, is an interesting-looking fern with elongated fronds and pleasant green-blue colour. Its ability to tolerate lower-light conditions and relatively easy care make it a great choice for beginning and more experienced fern lovers alike! Phlebodium aureum is mostly found in tropical forests in South America, although its natural range also extends into North America. Here it doesn’t grow in the soil like most other plants. Instead, it features a creeping rhizome that allows it to grows on trees in a non-parasitic way. This allows it to reach higher than many plants that grow on the ground, right into the canopies.

Pot Size

4" comes in a standard plastic nursery pot. 


    Because the blue star fern naturally grows attached to trees and other plants in forests where a lot of light is blocked out by the tree canopies, it doesn’t require a lot of light, although it does appreciate it. Anything short of direct scorching sun should work well, which is one of the many characteristics that sets this species apart from other ferms.


    Because blue star ferns naturally occur in tropical areas, they need a humid environment and constantly moist soil but will suffer if water is allowed to stand in the pot for too long. Remember, moist doesn’t mean wet!

    As with most plants there is no set watering schedule that will work for all blue star ferns. How much you should water always depends on various factors like light, season and potting. That being said, once a week is a good place to start: just water a little more during the growing season and a little less when the fern is not growing.
    Keep a close eye on the soil to make sure it’s neither soaked nor dry.
    You can also regularly mist your blue star fern, especially if humidity is low, or keep the plant on a humidity tray.

    Plant Specific Care

    Blue star ferns don’t require a lot of additional fertilizer, although you can add some diluted regular plant fertilizer during the growing season. Be careful not to overfeed, as this can damage the plant! 

    As discussed above, the blue star fern is actually an epiphyte and not terrestrial like many other ferns. This means potting soil is definitely not the best medium to plant it in and you should be looking for something looser. Because these ferns like a moist environment but don’t appreciate waterlogged soil at all, a well-draining medium should be used.

    You should be using a pot or container with a drainage hole for your blue star fern to prevent standing water, as this plant doesn’t respond well to its roots being soaked. This can be a standing pot; if you prefer your fern a bit higher up, you can also consider a hanging planter.

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