Blechnum gibbum

Blechnum gibbum

Dwarf tree fern

  • Botanical name: Blechnum gibbum
  • Common name: Dwarf tree fern
  • Family: Blechnaceae
  • Plant Type: House plant, Evergreen
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Dwarf tree fern, Blechnum gibbum, is a tender, evergreen fern which eventually forms a trunk, like a tree fern. Slow-growing, its shuttlecock-like fronds form a crown, giving the fern an exotic look. It’s ideal for growing in a container in a partially shaded conservatory or greenhouse.


Grow Blechnum gibbum in moist, acidic soil or ericaceous compost, in a sheltered spot away from draughts. To increase humidity levels place the container on a tray of pebbles half-filled with water. For best results keep the compost moist but not wet.

How to grow Blechnum gibbum

  • Plant size

    100cm height

    100cm spread

  • Aspect

    North facing, east facing

  • Sun exposure: Partial shade
  • Hardiness: Tender
  • Soil type: Acidic / clay / heavy / moist

Plant calendar

A table displaying which months are best to sow, plant and harvest.
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec

Do not Plant in January

Do not Plant in February

Do not Plant in March

Do not Plant in April

Do Plant in May

Do Plant in June

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Do Plant in September

Do not Plant in October

Do not Plant in November

Do not Plant in December

Blechnum gibbum and wildlife

Blechnum gibbum has no particular known value to wildlife in the UK.

Is Blechnum gibbum poisonous?

Blechnum gibbum has no toxic effects reported.

No reported toxicity to:

No reported toxicity to Birds

No reported toxicity to Cats

No reported toxicity to Dogs

No reported toxicity to Horses

No reported toxicity to Livestock

No reported toxicity to People

Plants that go well with Blechnum gibbum

Growing houseplants – must-have houseplants

Pilea peperomiodes

Chinese money plant