Asplenium Crispy Wave. This name is characteristic because of my remarkably hard, wave-like leaves. They are very shiny and fresh green in colour, lighter than most other ferns. I roll my leaf out of my heart, in that way I make sure that every time a new leaf appears in the middle. As my leaves get older, spores will form on the bottom side of my leaves.
Originally I am part of the Asplenium genus. Which are found in Africa, Australia, Asia and Europe. I myself come from the forests in Japan and Taiwan, I can even grow on tree branches and rocks when it is humid enough there. My genus counts about 700 species of ferns. The botanical name I have is derived from Greek: “Asplenon”. In the Middle Ages the people used me as a hot drink against spleen diseases.
I like a moderately sunny place, which means: not in the bright sun, but a bit further away from the window. Preferably also not in a draughty place, then I’m fine to my liking. I prefer to grow in shady places. Did you know that you can also put me very well in places where the air is extra dry due to the use of central heating? The ideal temperature for me to grow is between 18 to 26 ° C.
If the soil is constantly slightly damp, I will grow the best, but do not let me dry out completely. Start with small amounts of water per irrigation. The amount of water depends on various factors such as humidity and amount of light. In the winter I also need less water. If the soil is dry very quickly, give a little more water. If the soil is still very wet after a few days, give me less water the next time. If you give too large amounts of water at a time, my roots will end up in a layer of water which could cause root rot. I require a bit of plant food every month.
I’m an air cleaning plant
A good feature is that I have a high air purifying ability and I am a natural air freshener. I neutralize harmful substances by absorbing them and breaking them down in my roots. I clean the air by converting CO² into oxygen. I also regulate the humidity through my evaporation process.
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