Silver Lady Fern
Blechnum gibbum ‘Silver Lady' is a dwarf tree fern with an erect, trunk-like stem forming in older plants. Lush green fronds are produced in a beautiful rosette like whorl throughout the warmer months. A simply stunning plant.
Product & Shipping
The Lost World Nursery supplies Blechnum gibbum ‘Silver Lady' in 1 litre pots. These plants are juvenile and will develop with care and attention into similar plants as those pictured for illustrative purposes. The plants are not supplied fully mature.
Further Information about this Species
Blechnum gibbum 'Silver Lady' grows best in medium light in a moist, well-drained potting mix that should not be allowed to dry out.
Blechnum gibbum ‘Silver Lady' has a reputation for being sensitive to transplanting, irregular watering and wind. I however believe this to be unjustified as my specimen plant has grown enormous while living in my heated Nepenthes house and didn’t flinch when bedded out for the summer or when uprooted and brought back into the greenhouse. A wonderful focal plant.
When grown indoors over winter localised humidity can be increased by placing the pot on a saucer of pebbles half filled with water. Make sure the pot isn't touching the water. The compost should be moist but not wet and well drained. Occasional misting is also beneficial.
Blechnum gibbum ‘Silver Lady' is frost tender although my specimen plant did survive an inadvertent touch of frost a number of years back. All fronds eventually blackened but new growth did emerge early the following year. This is not a recommendation to allow your plant to experience a freeze!!!
Given optimum conditions Blechnum gibbum ‘Silver Lady' trunk can grow several inches per year. My first plant, purchased c.2005 now has a trunk over 30cm from soil to crown.
I grow Blechnum gibbum ‘Silver Lady' in my Nepenthes house (min temp 10c/high humidity/50% shade cloth) all year round and it is a quick grower in these conditions.
Habitat and Distribution
Blechnum gibbum is native to New Caledonia and islands of the South Pacific. Aloha!