Blechnum gibbum 'Silver Lady is not particular about soil type or pH but does best in bright shady sites with moist but well draining soil. Plant in a location protected from sun, cold, and wind. Direct sun exposure will burn the leaves. Temperature, light intensity, soil moisture, and humidity, all contribute to the stress or success of your fern.
Native to tropical climates, Silver Lady Fern prefers humid weather and consistent moisture and is beautiful as an indoor plant in bright indirect light. Be sure to maintain humidity and moisture and avoid watering with hard water if possible if growing indoors.
After planting your Silver Lady Fern, water deeply and regularly for several weeks to reduce plant stress and facilitate root development. Sensitive to irregular irrigation, it is important to keep the soil consistently moist but not waterlogged. The amount of water required is dependent on several environmental factors such as wind, temperature, soil type, and light intensity. Apply a layer of mulch to help retain soil moisture.
Pruning is not necessary, but any dead or damaged fronds can be removed at the base to improve the plant's appearance.
Silver Lady Fern is a semi-tender fern suited for USDA growing zones 10-11, hardy to 30℉. It is an evergreen dwarf tree fern that does not go dormant or lose its leaves. Semi-tender ferns grow best with nighttime temperatures that are mostly above 50℉ where freezing temperatures are rare. Frost may discolor, damage, or kill the fern depending on the duration of the low temperatures. Semi-tender ferns grow well in coastal southern California.