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Silver Lace Fern

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  • Delicate, Fine Foliage
  • Light Preference/Tolerated (Bright Indirect Light, Medium Light, Low Light)
  • Average Watering Needs
  • Mature Height 18 Inches
  • Pet Safe

Silver Lace Fern is a decorative perennial with elegant evergreen foliage, and goes by several names including Pteris ensiformis 'Silver Lace', Pteris ensiformis 'Evergemiensis', Sword Brake Fern, and Slender Brake Fern. This humidity-tolerant houseplant, originating from the Pacific and Asia, has exquisite parakeet-green fronds etched with tinges of silver and cream. Superb as a hanging plant, Silver Lace Fern’s broad shape and marked foliage will easily draw eyes from coworkers, friends, and relatives as they observe from below. Thriving in warm temperatures and high humidity, this striking plant is much easier to maintain than other ferns and is a great option for newbie gardeners wanting to add a new cultivar to their plant collection.

Best Locations For Growing Silver Lace Fern

Silver Lace Fern does very well in rooms with medium light and average temperatures of 60° - 75°. These delicate perennials also crave high humidity, 60-90%. A bathroom or kitchen is likely the perfect spot to display this striking evergreen. Just make sure, though, that it is safe from the paws of little Milo or Max, because this fern, although charming, is toxic to pets.

Silver Lace Fern Sunlight Requirements

Silver Lace Fern does well in medium indirect light and partial shade to full shade. As a result, this variegated perennial should not receive any more than four hours of direct light per day. Rooms with east-facing windows will prove ideal. 

Silver Lace Fern Care

Silver Lace Fern does quite well planted in acidic, well-draining soil. A 5-inch pot filled with a typical houseplant potting soil mixed with peat moss and perlite/coconut coir will provide a good starter home for this evergreen. Trim dead fronds to promote growth and sculpt a tidy form. This perennial needs to be repotted every spring. Additionally, Silver Lace Fern can be propagated by division or spores.

Watering Silver Lace Fern

Silver Lace Fern may need to be watered 2 to 3 times weekly, however, doing a moisture check prior to watering will help prevent overwatering and subsequent root rot. Insert your finger one to two inches below the surface of the soil and water if it feels dry. If not? Then wait a few days to check the soil again.

Feeding Silver Lace Fern

From the beginning of spring to early fall, feed Silver Lace Fern a balanced water-soluble fertilizer, diluted 50% of the manufacturer’s recommended strength, once per month. Refrain from fertilizing, however, during the winter when this plant is not growing.

Silver Lace Fern Information

Light Exposure: Bright Indirect Light, Medium Light, Low Light
Care Requirements: Easy
Watering Requirements: Average - Keep lightly moist. When the top 2 inches of the soil dries out.
Pet Friendly: Yes
Kid Friendly: Yes
Air Purifier: Low
Habit: Upright
Growth Rate: Slow
Mature Height: 18 inches
Mature Spread: 16 inches
Flowering: No
Flower Color(s): None
Flower Shade/Description: Grown for Foliage
Fragrant: No
Foliage Type:
Foliage Color(s): Green
Foliage Description: Silvery-White
Temperature: 60° - 80°F (16° - 27°C)
Humidity: Above Average (60% - 80%)
Common Name: Silver Lace Fern
Other Name(s): Brake Fern
Scientific Name: Pteris ensiformis 'Silver Lace'
Plant Type: House Plant

Container Sizes

Please Note: The pictures below are to give a general representation of the different container sizes. The actual size/ages of plants are estimates and will vary based on; type of plant, time of year, last pruning & many other factors.

4.5 Pot

4.5" Pot
 Also Known As:
   4.5" Container

 Plant Age:
   ~ 6 months
 Plant Size:
   ~ 3"-6"
 Pot Size:
   ~ 4.5"H x 3.75"W
   1.42 quarts

Quart Pot

Quart Pot
 Also Known As:

 Plant Age:
   ~ 6 months - 1 year
 Plant Size:
   ~ 4"-8"
 Pot Size:
   ~ 4.75"H x 4.5"W
   1.50 quarts

2.5 Quart

2.5 Quart
 Also Known As:
   2.5 Quart Pot

 Plant Age:
   ~ 1 - 2 years old
 Plant Size:
   ~ 8"-12"
 Pot Size:
   ~ 6.5"H x 6.5"W
   2.20-2.30 quarts

#1 Pot

#1 Pot
 Also Known As:
   #1 Container
    1 Gallon
 Plant Age:
   ~ 1 - 2 years old
 Plant Size:
   ~ 10"-14"
 Pot Size:
   ~ 7"H x 7.75"W
   2.26-3.73 quarts

#2 Pot

#2 Pot
 Also Known As:
   #2 Container
    2 Gallon
 Plant Age:
   ~ 1.5 - 3 years old
 Plant Size:
   ~ 12"-18"
 Pot Size:
   ~ 9.5"H x 9.5"W
   1.19-1.76 gallons

#3 Pot

#3 Pot
 Also Known As:
   #3 Container
    3 Gallon
 Plant Age:
   ~ 2 - 4 years old
 Plant Size:
   ~ 12"-30"
 Pot Size:
   ~9.5"H x 11"W
   2.32-2.76 gallons

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