Spleenwort

Asplenium trichomanes is a small fern in the spleenwort genus Asplenium. It is a widespread and common species, growing almost worldwide in a variety of rocky habitats or even holes in the walls, where one can admire its small black and green fronds.
Common name : Spleenwort
Scientific name : Asplenium trichomanes
Family : Aspleniaceae
Category : Perennials
Type of plant : Perennial
Maiden hair spleenwort grows in tufts from a short rhizome. Its fronds are long and narrow, gradually tapering towards the tip. They are simply divided into small, yellow-green to dark-green pinnae. The fronds can reach 40 cm in length but are more commonly 20 cm. They're easy to grow and hardy, even in a pot.

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Caracteristics

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Frost-resistance High
Zone USDA 6a
Height 10 - 30
pH 6 - 8

Identify my spleenwort

The saidenhair spleenwort, Asplenium trichomanes measures between 10 and 30 cm. It is a small fern that forms a tuft of dense leaves. These leaves are arranged in a fairly compact tuft, divided into many leaflets - between twenty and forty. These leaflets have an obovate form, and are directly inserted on the black rachis of the sling, alternately on the left then on the right of the central rib. They wear on there back orange "sporangia", which sow themselves in summer.

Plant my spleenwort

Asplenium trichomanes like a fresh and well-drained soil: they are rocky perennials! They support all exposures, but they may become a little dry in summer in full sun. Dip the clumps in a tray filled with water to moisten them well. Plant them when the water is no longer flowing out of the bucket. Prepare the soil: make holes, leaving a spacing of 5 to 20 cm per foot, and mix the soil with sand and fibrous compost. Put the plants in there. Cover with soil by tamping gently to remove air around the roots, then water.

Water my spleenwort

Water especially the first weeks, every other day. Then the first summer in case of drought water them twice a week. In pots, water weekly when you notice that the substrate is dry and shrinks. If it still seems very wet on contact, wait a little bit more between the watering.

Prune my spleenwort

Remove the damaged leaves at the end of winter.

Repot my spleenwort

Every three years, according to the rate at which your maidenhair spleenwort widens.

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