On Jan 1, 2013, colluvial from Burlington, VT wrote:
This plant has done well for me. I grow it, year-round, as a house plant in a south-facing window. The plant, in a 12-inch clay pot, currently has twenty, 4-foot long fronds and has covered the soil with furry rhizomes. It's a vigorous grower in the spring and summer, regularly sending up fronds. Just before the active growth in the spring, last year's leaves begin to yellow, die, and eventually detach cleanly at the base. Winter humidity is 40-50% in the room it's in. I never spray it and it does fine. When I started watering with rainwater instead of tap water, I noticed improved vigor and have figured that's because it's an epiphyte in its native habitat and probably doesn't like the mineral load from our slightly alkaline tap water.
On Apr 6, 2009, BayAreaTropics from Hayward, CA wrote:
They wont grow in the SF bay area as our summers are too cool. They will survive winters by going dormant..but make almost no growth the next summer...losing by attrition. As greenhouse plants they are great,with blue fronds,fast growth. Indoors,they do poorly..not enough light,dry air make them look shabby.
EDIT 2013: Whats interesting is that the SPECIES plant- no ruffled fronds IS HARDY in the bay area...still blue and attractive. THAT'S the one you want to look for if growing outdoors is what you want here.
Beautiful fern, fuzzy rhizome grows out of the pot and looks beautiful if used in a large hanging basket. The only problem I have run into is with scale insects..very difficult to get rid of due to all that fuzz. Make sure to keep it away from any infested plant. Otherwise a very happy plant!
On Mar 30, 2007, Cretaceous from El Sobrante, CA (Zone 9b) wrote:
So far I have planted three of these ferns without success. Two small ones came from a mail order nursery, and a larger one from a local big box store. Planted in mid-December 2006, all three withered away.
This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:
Hayward, California Boca Del Mar, Florida South Daytona, Florida Ashley, Pennsylvania Mount Carmel, Pennsylvania Plano, Texas