Dwarf Japanese Fern, also know as Cyrtomium Falcatum, is quite handsome.
Its long fronds with thick, shiny green leaflets make this an eye-catching addition to any home or office.
This fern's leaflets are about 3-4 inches (8-10 cm) long with sawtoothed edges. It does resemble the holly plant doesn't it? Well, the two aren't related.
This fern is less fussy about humidity than most indoor ferns. It flourishes in the home with very little care. It is better behaved, to and will not shed.
The Dwarf Japanese Fern likes indirect light and soil medium to lightly moist at all times. Good-quality house plant potting mix is a must and you may fertilize monthly spring through fall with a balanced liquid fertilizer (such as 10-10-10) diluted by half. Remember to always follow the directions on the fertilizer of your choice.
When the fern has outgrown its current pot and you are re-potting, you may want to split your fern. Always re-pot in the spring as summer is the time your fern will grow most. Always ensure each piece has a growing tip and at least 3 fronds. When re-potting, make sure the crown of the plant is slightly above the soil line to prevent rot. Use a pot with drainage holes so that the soil won't get soggy.
Watch for scale insects, that look like small, brown discs on leaflets. (Sometimes the brown spores on the undersides of leaflets are mistaken for scale. You'll recognize the spores because they appear in two rows under each pinnae.) To remove scale insects, scrape them off with your fingernails. Don't use insecticides on ferns because they are easily damaged by chemicals.