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Phlebodium aureum is a species from South America, east of the Andes. Plants are found in dense jungle and rainforests at lower elevations as a trunk (branch?) epiphyte, the elevation is not recorded but assuming bit it is low as its distribution is the Amazon. This is another species with a lot of misinformation on the internet, particularly from the ‘house plant’ websites which just copy each other without fact checking. The leaves on a well grown specimen measure 50-60 cm, potentially even longer but on average the leaf span on a well grown plant is 40-50 cm. A lot of spore can be produced, making this species easier to propagate. Leaf colour ranges from lime green to blue green.

 

This is an adult size plant and it is growing on a cork mount. Grow Phlebodium aureum on a mount, or in a pot with a chopped moss, perlite, and fine and medium mixed bark media. Do not grow this plant in coco or peat mixes as this is an epiphytic plant and a soil suitable for a swamp is going to kill it. Give your plant moderate light, plants do look healthier in lower light, never give the plant direct or bright or direct sunlight and give it a lot of water all year. It can be difficult to get plants going again if the dry out and the leaves fall but with care and patience, it may grow back. Plants grow well in an intermediate to warm greenhouse, and they appreciate night-time temperatures of 15 to 22 degrees and day temperatures of 22 to 32 degrees. This species likes a distinct difference between day and night temperature. This species will grow well indoors but the mount is likely to dry the plant out too quickly. This is a species that should be on a mount, so if you are concerned, placed the mount in a pot filled with sphagnum moss. You only need put the basal part of the mount in the pot.

 

 

Family – Polypodiidae

Plant Passport - A Phlebodium aureum B 140084 c 10604 d GB

Phlebodium aureum - Mounted

SKU: Phlebodium aureum
£14.00Price

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