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Pteris cretica

Cretan Brake, Ribbon Fern

Pteris cretica

Care
  1. Lighting
    Variegated Cretan Brake cultivars need bright light for intensive leaf coloring. Some morning or evening sun is welcome. The green forms do also good if placed in part shade. Hot summer afternoon sun can cause leaf burn.
  2. Soil
    Mixes for container plants, vegetables or herbs can be used.
  3. Watering
    Allow the compost to max. dry to 70 % of the pots height before adding water.
    Cretan Brake roots
  4. Feeding
    If Pteris cretica is placed above 20 °C (60 °F) a half diluted standard liquid fertilizer can be given every month or second month. New bought or recently repotted plants don’t need to be fed for the first year.
  5. Temperature
    The Cretan Brake can be grown warm the year round but also tolerates a winter rest period at 10 to 15 °C (50 to 59 °F). Minimum temperature for short time is 5 °C (41 °F).
  6. Propagation
    By division or spores.
Pteris cretica

Pteris cretica “Albolineata” is a popular cultivar.

Cretan Brake
Profile
  1. Scientific name
    Pteris cretica
  2. Common name(s)
    Cretan Brake, Cretan Brake Fern, Ribbon Fern
  3. Family
    Pteridaceae
  4. Origin
    Africa, Asia, Europe
  5. Height
    20 to 60 cm
  6. Toxic
    No but not edible

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