Aglaomorpha coronans ‘Jim’

Snake Leaf, Basket Fern

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Aglaomorpha coronans ‘Jim’ is a gorgeous, easy to care for tropical fern, with large segmented fronds and a snake skin like texture.

The Basket Fern seems to be made for anyone that is at the beginning of their plant parenting journey but want to give it a try with this the unusual fern.

Origin: tropical regions of Asia, cultivar of horticultural origin
Genus: Aglaomorpha
Species / Cultivar: coronans var,'Jim'
Common Name: Snake Leaf, Basket Fern
Synonym: Drynaria coronans

Plant Biography

The Aglaomorpha coronans is part of a large family of epiphytic ferns from tropical forests of Asia. In it’s natural habitat, the Basket Fern is clinging to tree branches. In cultivation, the ‘Jim’ variety is usually grown in containers, while small plants are perfect for recreating lush tropical understories in terrariums and paludariums.

Some species in the Aglaomorpha family have found their way in traditional medicine in Asia to treat bone injuries and rheumatoid arthritis. Due to overexploitation and heavy deforestation, some species are endangered.

Aglaomorpha coronans 'Jim'
Light: Bright Indirect
This plant likes sun, but keep out of direct sunlight. Best placed in an area near a window.
Soil: Indoor Potting Mix
Enjoys moist well drained soil with composted organics and some drainage material.
Temperature: 10 - 28°C
Temperature range at which this plant is healthiest and grows best.
Growth Rate: Medium
Expect to see moderate growth during growing season.
Water Requirement: Keep Topped Up
Keep the crevices at the centre of your bromeliad plant topped up with water at all times.
Humidity: High
Provide moist air via daily misting or trays of wet grit. Keep away from drafts and heaters.
Maintenance: Low
Requires no attention beyond correct position and watering. An ideal starter plant!
Eventual Height: 0.8m
The plant's ultimate height in typical growing conditions.
Eventual Spread: 0.8m
The plant's ultimate spread in typical growing conditions.

Expert Tip

There is no need to repot this plant anytime soon. The plant does not require more space to spread its roots, but if severely pot bound, it can be moved in a larger pot and the pot can be backfilled with orchid repotting mix.
Aglaomena's fronds

Aglaomena's fronds

The Basket Fern, draws its name from the 2 types of fronds it has: sterile fronds, which are rounded shallowly-lobed reddish-brown fronds overlapping each other, and fertile fronds which have deep green shade with an almost leathery feel to the touch.

Like in other epiphytic ferns, the sterile fronds are forming a protective shield under which the plant’s roots are nested.

The fertile fronds are larger and deeply lobed.

Care & Size Guidance

Care & Size Guidance

The Snake Leaf loves an acidic medium to grow into or even onto. Though it may prove difficult for a plant enthusiast to transfer a potted plant to an epiphytic growing media, but that doesn’t mean it’s impossible.

A slightly acidic medium is perfect for it. In order to acidify the soil, bark chips can be placed at the of the pot to allow the tannins to sip through the growing media when watering.

Keep the plant into a room with high moisture in the air or mist every other day to prevent brown tips from forming. The best way to water the plant is bottom watering. Submerge the pot in water and allow it to soak through the root system. Drain completely before placing it back into its decorative pot.

Feed once a month with half strength balanced organic fertiliser.

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