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Pteris vittata, commonly known variously as the Chinese brake, Chinese ladder brake, or simply ladder brake, is a fern species in the Pteridoideae subfamily of the Pteridaceae. It is indigenous to Asia, tropical Africa and Australia.

Common name: cretan brake
Color: dark-brown
Bloom time: Non-flowering
Height: 1.00 to 2.00 feet
Difficulty level: easy to grow

Planting & Care
Trembling brake or Australian brake (Pteris tremula) is one of the largest brake ferns with fronds 10 to 24 inches long. It is a fast grower and enthusiastic in its production of newly unfolding fiddleheads.

Sunlight: Full Sun

Soil: well-drained soil

Water: medium

Temprature: 18°C (64°F)

Fertilizer: Apply any organic fertilizer

  • Ladder brake (Pteris vittata) is one of the smaller brake ferns, reaching heights of only 1 to 3 feet.
  • Fronds are short with 15 to 30 divisions instead of the palmate shape of its cousins.
  • It has naturalized in the Gulf states and volunteers on the mortar of old walls or limestone from the District of Columbia to southern California.

Special Feature:
No serious insect or disease problems. Watch for aphids, mealybugs and scale. Rust and leaf spots may occur. Try not to touch the fronds because they tend to bruise rather easily.
Medicinal use:
  • Pteris (brake) is a genus of about 280 species of ferns in the Pteridoideae subfamily of the Pteridaceae.
  • They are native to tropical and subtropical regions of the world.

Culinary use:
  • leaves

for medicinal use, please consult appropriate doctor before use.


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