Doryopteris pedata, Doryopteris. Doryopteris pedata var. palmata
Doryopteris pedata var. palmata

Doryopteris pedata

Family: Pteridaceae
Origin: Central America
Small plant 2-5 ftSemi-shadeRegular waterOrnamental foliage

This evergreen and small shrub grows between 2-5 ft in height and loves to be grown in semi-shade. This plant is a native of Central America, and is suitable for growing in USDA Zone 9-11. Doryopteris pedata needs regular watering for proper growth. An ideal soil for them would be one that is well-draining. If the soil holds too much water, the root system can rot. This can damage or even kill the plant.

Doryopteris pedata has ornamental foliage and a very unique growth pattern. Its sterile fronds are maple-leaf shaped while the fertile fronds look like ornate snowflakes or elk-horns. They also develop baby plants at the tips of their fronds. This gives the plant a unique and visually pleasing look.

When it comes to taking care of Doryopteris pedata, it's important to be consistent with watering. The soil should be kept moist, but not soggy. The soil should be allowed to dry out between waterings, but not to the point where the leaves start to wilt. If you live in a colder region, it is best to grow Doryopteris pedata in a pot and place the pot in a sheltered area away from the cold winds. During the winter, it is important that the pot is placed in a warm area. Make sure to use a potting mix that retains some moisture to help the plant survive these harsher climates.

The plant will also require fertilizing during its growing season. An all-purpose, balanced fertilizer should be applied once in the spring and again in the summer. Always ensure that the fertilizer is diluted as per the instructions on the packet as over-application of fertilizer can have a negative impact on the plant.

Doryopteris pedata is a unique and visually appealing plant that can be grown in semi-shade. It is characterized by beautiful ornamental foliage and grows baby plants at the tips of its fronds. When it comes to taking care of this plant, it is important to keep the soil moist and fertilize it with a balanced fertilizer during its growing season. In colder regions, it is best to grow Doryopteris pedata in a pot and to keep the pot in a sheltered, warm area. With a little bit of extra care and attention, Doryopteris pedata will bring beauty and joy to any garden.

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