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Silver Ribbon Fern

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  • Decorative Foliage
  • Light Preference/Tolerated (Bright Indirect Light, Medium Light)
  • Average Watering Needs
  • Mature Height 24 Inches
  • Pet Safe 

Silver Ribbon Fern has an unusual frond shape, which is pinnate and highly variegated with streaks of silver. Pteris cretica has many common names, such as Brake Fern, Cretan Fern, and the most descriptive, Albo-Lineata: albo for ‘white’ and lineata meaning ‘marked with a linear line’. This is one fern that looks like it is more delicate and fussy than it is. Beginners and intermediate Houseplant gardeners will want to add this showstopper to their collections.

Best Locations For Growing Silver Ribbon Fern

Silver Ribbon is a tropical fern that appreciates a spot in higher humidity, such as a kitchen or bathroom. It also has very brittle fronds that are easily broken, so it needs to be kept out of any high-traffic areas where it can get brushed up against. The smaller mature size makes this an excellent choice for dressing shelves or the top of a desk.

Silver Ribbon Fern Sunlight Requirements

Indirect to medium light is the proper range to keep this fern’s coloring vivid. Silver Ribbon will survive in very low light, but the silver coloring tends to turn mostly green over time. Place this fern across the room from a south-facing window or on an east- or west-exposure windowsill.

Silver Ribbon Fern Care

Ferns enjoy nutrient-rich soil that is also well draining. A soil-based indoor plant mix with added perlite or vermiculite will anchor the shallow roots and provide good aeration. Dividing Silver Ribbon Fern is easily done in the spring, just as the new growth begins. Cut the rhizome in half and repot both halves before the roots dry out. Keep Silver Ribbon out of drafts and away from heating vents. Average room temperatures of 60-75 degrees F are perfect.

Watering Silver Ribbon Fern

Ferns do not like to dry out in between waterings and prefer soil that stays damp like a wrung-out sponge at all times. Water this fern 1-2 times a week, depending on the humidity. Empty the saucer after watering; do not allow the pot to sit in the water longer than 20 minutes. If the pot is small enough, watering from the bottom is an excellent way to ensure the fern's soil is thoroughly saturated.

Feeding Silver Ribbon Fern

Feeding ferns is not a crucial part of maintenance, but Silver Ribbon Fern will develop better color and stronger fronds with regular feeding during the active growing season. Use a diluted liquid fertilizer formulated for general houseplants. Water it once a month at half the manufacturer's recommended strength from April to September. There is no need to fertilize in the winter.

Silver Ribbon Fern Information

Light Exposure: Bright Indirect Light, Medium 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: Moderate
Habit: Clumping
Growth Rate: Slow
Mature Height: 18-24 inches
Mature Spread: 18-24 inches
Flowering: No
Flower Color(s): None
Flower Shade/Description: Grown for Foliage
Fragrant: No
Foliage Type:
Foliage Color(s): Green, White
Foliage Description: Grey-Green Fronds with Bold White Center Stripes
Temperature: 65° - 75°F (18° - 24°C)
Humidity: Above Average to High (60% - 100%)
Common Name: Silver Ribbon Fern
Other Name(s): Albo-Lineata, Silver Ribbon Fern, Cretan Brake Fern, Cretan Fern
Scientific Name: Pteris cretica 'Albolineata'
Plant Type: House Plant

Container Sizes

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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:
   ~ 1.5 - 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:
   ~ 1.5 - 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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