Lemon Button Fern, Nephrolepis Cordifolia Duffii - Plant

The Nephrolepis, or Lemon Button Fern, is one of the most pleasant small ferns an Indoor Gardener can grow.


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Lemon Button Fern, Nephrolepis Cordifolia Duffii Plant
6 inch Grower Round Plastic Pot (Black)

Description for Lemon Button Fern, Nephrolepis Cordifolia Duffii

Plant height: 5 - 8 inches (12 - 21 cm)
Plant spread:

Once it finds its place in your home, and you establish its care cycle, its pretty much care-free.

A small fern that grows to about a foot high and not much more across, it boasts tiny arching stems. Leaves are round with very small serrated edges that alternate up the stem.

When handled, theres a lemon scent, which in addition to its yellowish gold color gives the fern its name.

The Nephrolepis is the smallest of the Boston ferns and good for the beginning Indoor Gardener. The plant usually starts off in a small pot of no more than 4 inches, and never progresses much out of a 6to 8inch container.

Common name(s): Duffy Fern, Lemon Button Fern,Erect Sword Fern
Flower colours: green
Bloom time: Non-flowering
Max reachable height: Height: 6-12 inches Width: 12-18 inches
Difficulty to grow: easy to grow

Planting and care

Watch the base of the fronds. If they turn brown, you're either under- or over-watering. Care for the Lemon Button Fern is similar to that for any of the Boston Ferns, but as with any plant, pay attention to its particular needs in your location.

Sunlight: low, filtered shade; no direct afternoon sun
Soil: mix peat moss into potting soil; well draining
Water: moderate, keep soil moist , dont let it dry out; don't allow it to get soggy
Temperature: 60 F
Fertilizer: spring-early fall, once per 3-4 weeks; liquid fertilizer, half strength

Caring for Lemon Button Fern

    Give them plenty of organic matter when planting and don’t crowd them.Wear sturdy gloves to protect your hands from prickly thorns. Have a hose or bucket of water and all your planting tools nearby. In its native habitat, it may grow to as much as 7 inch tall. It is an easy and popular fern to grow indoors.

Typical uses of Lemon Button Fern

Special features: As an indoor fern, it is perhaps best for pedestals or hanging baskets. Locations in or near bathrooms or kitchens may have better humidity. Where winter hardy outdoors, it may be grown in groups or massed in shady areas, or it may be sited at the base of shrubs or around trees.

Culinary use:

Ornamental use: The plant is used for ornamental purpose.


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