Regional Gardening Reports :: National Gardening Association

Northern California Coastal & Inland Valleys

December, 2001
Regional Report

Shows & Events

Peninsula Orchid Show
The Peninsula Orchid Society's annual show and sale will be held Saturday, January 5 and Sunday, January 6, 2002 from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm both days. General admission is $5 and $3 for seniors, disabled and children from 12 to 18. The show is held at the Community Activities Building, 1400 Roosevelt Avenue, Redwood City. Call 650-365-1765 for information or visit the Peninusla Orchid Society Web site.

Favorite or New Plant

Mother Fern
The mother fern, Asplenium bulbiferum, is related to the bird's nest fern, but the two plants look very different. The mother fern has the more "ferny" look. When the leaves mature, they are covered with tiny plantlets that you can separate from the parent plant and cultivate. It has graceful, arching, bright green leaves that unfurl from the center stalk. The plant gets quite large, up to 4 feet in ideal conditions. It requires bright, indirect light, plenty of moisture, and fast draining moist soil amended with plenty of peat moss. Mother ferns do well indoors with ample humidity, but prefer to live outside in a shady area. If grown inside, they require a rest period during the winter months. Hold back on water and fertilizer until the days begin to get longer.


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