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Pteris cretica 'Albolineata'

Family: Pteridaceae
Genus: Pteris (TARE-iss) (Info)
Species: cretica (KRET-ee-kuh) (Info)
Cultivar: Albolineata
Additional cultivar information: (aka Albo-lineata)

3 members have or want this plant for trade.

Tropicals and Tender Perennials

12-18 in. (30-45 cm)

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USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)
USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)
USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)
USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)

Sun Exposure:
Light Shade
Partial to Full Shade


Bloom Color:

Bloom Time:

Grown for foliage

Other details:
This plant is suitable for growing indoors
Requires consistently moist soil; do not let dry out between waterings

Soil pH requirements:
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Propagation Methods:
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Seed Collecting:
N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed

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3 positives
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive riddler On Sep 21, 2009, riddler from Saint Petersburg, FL wrote:

I just bought this little fern from Home Depot three weeks ago. It was not tagged correctly so I e-mailed the grower for information. He said the plant is Pteris 'Albo-lineata', or White-stripe Brake Fern. He also gave me a good deal of useful information about the plant, which I'm including below:

"It is a tropical fern. In Florida, it may be grown outdoors in the shade, as long as it is not exposed to frost. In most screened pool and porch areas, it should do OK, as long as it does not face due south where it will receive too much direct full sun.

This plant needs very little fertilizer. Also, this plant does not like dry soil. If indoors ... check it every week. Outside, once rooted into the new pot, it may require 2 watering / week.

The upper, narrow fronds are the fertile fronds. They will emerge, seasonally, and the bottom of the leaf will cover with brown spores. This is normal. Some people think these are bugs, but they are not. This is how the plant reproduces. If you do not like the look of the fertile fronds, you may cut them back carefully with a sharp knife as close to the soil line as possible.

If the plant looks yellow, try more feed. If the tips burn, then it has too much fertilizer. If the tops are bleached, it has too much sun.

Usually, it does not have any pests, but caterpillars may sometimes chew the fronds. They can be manually removed, if necessary."

Neutral Cretaceous On Mar 16, 2007, Cretaceous from El Sobrante, CA (Zone 9b) wrote:

Pteris cretica "Albo-lineata" and "Mayi" both have variagated fronds and look similar, except that "Mayi" has crested tips whereas "Albo-lineata" does not.

Positive tcfromky On Oct 8, 2004, tcfromky from Mercer, PA (Zone 5a) wrote:

Dark green and cream variegated with plain sharp fronds. Very fast growing. Upright habit, very striking. Height 18-24"

Positive lupinelover On May 19, 2002, lupinelover from Grove City, OH (Zone 6a) wrote:

Beautiful tropical fern, suitable for indoor conditions as long as high humidity is maintained. Low moisture results in drooping fronds which soon die if not provided enough moisture.

Can be easily divided in spring. Warm temperatures needed for new frond production.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Bartow, Florida
Saint Petersburg, Florida
Manchester, New Hampshire
Humble, Texas
Spring, Texas

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