Microgramma nitida is a small epiphytic fern from Central America and Mexico. It has fairly stiff, shiny fronds up to 8 inches long with a long, freely branched rhizome. It is a fast grower and an ideal hanging basket subject.
Culture: Microgramma nitida need partial shade with humid, airy conditions and warm temperatures. We use a soil mix consisting of 2 parts peat moss to 1 part loam to 1 part pine bark for increased drainage. To this mix we add 2 TBS of slow release fertilizer (14-14-14) per 8-inch basket. During the growing season the plants are kept moist and fertilized on a weekly basis with a balanced fertilizer diluted to ½ the strength recommended on the label. During the winter months the plants are kept on the dry side.
Propagation: Microgramma nitida is easily propagated by division or by spores. The ripe spores can be collected on a piece of paper placed under spore bearing leaves. Sow spores on damp peat moss in late winter. They germinate best at a temperature of 68-70° F. The growing medium should be kept constantly moist and covered with glass or plastic. Once new plants are large enough to handle they can be transplanted into individual containers. The root can be divided at the end of the rest period, Feb.-March.
Microgramma nitida was featured as Plant of the Week February 8-14, 2002.
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