Austral Gem, the No Fuss Fern
Tired of cleaning up dropped leaves or killing your favorite ferns? Increase your gardening success and enjoyment with the Austral Gem fern.
Interiorscapers love this easy to grow, good-looking plant and so will you. It’s durable and much more drought tolerant than other ferns - even forgiving a bit of minor neglect.
This Australian introduction is hardy in zones 9 to 11, where it’s grown in wooded and shady gardens. But this beauty makes its biggest impression indoors.
The waxy coating on the thick shiny dark green leaves prevents it from drying out and shedding leaves. Austral Gem tolerates most indoor conditions, including bright indirect light and even shady locations. Water thoroughly when the soil starts to dry.
Grow this, like other ferns, in a hanging basket or a container set upon a pedestal or plant stand. Use it as a nice focal point or mix with other indoor containers.
A bit more information: Austral fern is known botanically as Asplenium x ‘Austral Gem’™. You may need to shop around to find this relatively new fern. Call your local garden centers, florists, and other stores specializing in houseplants or search online and catalogue sources.