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Crocodile fern 'Microsorum mussifolium'

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Microsorum mussifolium 'Crocodyllus'

Microsorum mussifolium “crocodyllus” is a tropical fern species with blades or leaves that resemble the skin of a crocodile. The unusual sheen and texture of the leaves, with their segmented patterning, gives them the appearance of crocodile scales. This unique evergreen fern is not difficult to grow. It will certainly attract a good deal of interest and attention because it is so unusual.

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Price: € 12.00
Microsorum musifolium Crocodyllus
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Microsorum musifolium Microsorum musifolium Crocodyllus Microsorum musifolium detail Microsorum musifolium detail
Plant type
terrarium
Place
indoor
Place
artificial lighting
Adult width:
40 cm
Light
semi sun
Watering
normal
Properties
special

Product info

This fern species is originally from South-east Asia where it shares a habitat with the reptile from which it derives its unofficial name, the crocodile. Microsorum mussifolium “crocodyllus” is a strong plant with leaves that retain their robust health even if it receives no water for a time. After several years, the leaves can grow up to a length of 1 metre.

Height:
10 cm
10 cm
Width:
5 cm
5 cm
Adult height:
100 cm
100 cm
Adult width:
40 cm
40 cm
Flower colour:
None
none
Flower period:
All year
all year
Temperature winter:
5 °C
5 °C
Product type:
Plant
plant
Plant type:
Terrarium
terrarium
Growth habit:
Creeping
creeping
Growth rate:
Normal
normal
Properties:
Special
special
Araflora info:
Limited
limited
Natural habitat:
South America
South America
Altitude range:
0-1000 m
0-1000 m
 

Plant care

Microsorum mussifolium “crocodyllus” does not like cold temperatures or draughts so when cultivated as a house plant it should not be exposed to a temperature lower than 15 degrees Celsius. It should receive sufficient indirect sunlight or plenty of shade. As with many fern species, it should not be exposed to direct sunlight in order to prevent damage to the leaves or dehydration. It should receive enough water to keep the growing medium moist but must not be overwatered or retain water in the pot. Microsorum mussifoloum “crocodyllus” can be repotted in spring to give it more room. Its rhizomes or rootstalks will mutiply horizontally, producing new shoots and leaves. In autumn, the plant needs less water and little or no feeding.

Care:
Easy
easy
Place:
Indoor
indoor
Light:
Semi sun
semi sun
Watering:
Normal
normal
Protection:
Watering from above
watering from above
Watering tips:
Watering from above
watering from above
Water spraying:
Water spraying
water spraying
Air circulation:
Normal
normal
Place:
Artificial lighting
artificial lighting
Air humidity at day:
60-90%
60-90%
Air humidity at night:
70-90%
70-90%
Temperature max:
35 °C
35 °C
Temperature min:
5 °C
5 °C
Fertilize:
Medium
medium
Soil ph:
<6-7>
<6-7>
Soil type:
Mixed
mixed
Repotting:
After 1 year
after 1 year
 

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