Brake Fern

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Height At Maturity
Under 3 Feet
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6, 7, 8, 9, 10,
6, 7, 8, 9, 10,
6, 7, 8, 9, 10,
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Year Round
Sun & Shade,
Border Plants, Deer Resistant,
Border Plants, Deer Resistant,

Reviews (1)

  • 5
    brake fern

    Posted by Cindy Hawk on 21st Aug 2019

    These plants have the prettiest combo of colors for ferns. Just beautiful.

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Shipping Information

We ship all plants usps priority mail. They arrive to most locations within 2-3 days. We package all plants to retain moisture to up to 10 days in transit. All plants ships from our warehouses in Tennessee. All plants are grown and shipped from out Altamont (zip) 37301 location. We do drop ship for re-sellers also for those wanting to resell our plants.

How We Protect Your Plants For Transit

All plants are dug and immediately taken to our warehouse and tera-sorb moisture retention gel is applied to the roots and then wrapped in plastic to retain superior moisture for transit. They are placed in corogated cardboard shipping boxes for protection when shipped

Upon Receipt Of Your Plants

Upon receipt of your plants, unpack and unwrap the roots and mist with water. Plant within 24-48 hours. If you can not plant within this time frame, put your plants in a cool location (ex- basement, garage or cellar) and water the roots daily. Cover them back up with the plastic so they will not dry out until you can plant them. After planted, water every evening after the sun goes down for 5 days.

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Ships Year Round


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This beautiful plant is also known as the Cretan Brake Fern or the Ribbon Fern. It's native to Europe, Asia, and Africa, so if you've ever lived in or visited one of the more tropical locations in these continents, you might have seen the wild variety of this fern growing among the trees and shrubs.

The plant gets one of its common names (the "Ribbon Fern") due to the shape of its leaves, which resemble delicate green ribbons.

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This plant species has won the Award of Garden Merit from the Royal Horticulturist Society due to its beauty and general ability to enhance the look of a garden (both indoors and outdoors). This fern can be found in both standard and variegated varieties. Standard varieties have a smooth, silky green throughout the entire leaf, while various plants include an eye-popping strip of white near the center and a thin border of that same lovely green color. Both look great both indoors and outside.

It does prefer warmer temperatures, so if you're looking to plant it outside, it will serve you well to ensure that the climate in your location is conducive to its growth. Gardeners in warmer areas, such as Southern California or Florida, certainly can consider outdoor planting a viable option for this fern. For outdoors planting it's best to keep this fern well-watered and in the shade. If you have a shade-covered region that usually receives a lot of water and humidity, such as a tree next to a small pond or water feature, this plant will do unusually high there.

If you don't live in a tropical or subtropical location, however, there's no need to worry--this plant does excellent in the greenhouse or when planted indoors in a simple pot if you're looking for a sophisticated-looking houseplant to liven up your home.

Brake Ferns have been know to naturally take up arsenic, and are used by some to remove arsenic from soil and drinking water.

Latin name: Pteris cretica
Hardiness planting zone: 10-12
Mature height: 1-2.5 feet tall


Brake Fern 

Pteris cretica or the brake fern is an evergreen fern that grows native in Europe, Asia, and Africa and is widely cultivated by plant nurseries. The brake fern may be kept indoors as a houseplant or planted directly into the ground. The brake fern is also available in a variety known as Pteris criterica var. albolineata, whichis also widely used. 


 Both varieties of brake fern thrive in sunny, subtropical climates like California. Therefore, these plants require frost protection. When grown indoors, brake ferns prefer bright, filtered light as they grow throughout the summer months. During the winter, the brake fern should receive as much light as possible, including direct midday sunlight. Spritzing the plants daily will simulate the plants' preferred humid environment. Brake ferns grow well in virtually any fast-draining soil. A weak liquid fertilizer will offer additional nutrition during the growing season. 


 Because brake ferns grow relatively quickly, repotting every spring is necessary. A steady supply of water and bright, filtered light will keep these plants thriving. However, if a brake fern becomes distressed, signs may include brown or dropping leaves, though some leaf drop is average. Root rot will occur if a brake fern is allowed to sit in soggy soil.

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