5 years to reach maturity
Polypodium vulgare is an evergreen fern species with a clumping growth habit. It produces alternating, triangular-shaped fronds which are pinnately divided all the way back to the central stem, these measure between 10-50cm in length. Yellow-orange spore cases are present on the underside of the fronds, these turn dark grey at maturity. This fern species is native to Europe and Britain, it prefers a shady location and may grow in both damp and dry soil without trouble. It is a popular species for growing as a houseplant, typically reaching 30cm in height and many varieties and cultivars have been produced. Common names include common polypody fern, adder's fern and golden maidenhair, amongst others.
Generally pest & disease free.
Generally not harvested.
Divide in late spring or early summer
Sow spores at a temperature of 15-16 degrees Celsius.