Asplenium bulbiferum

Mother spleenwort, hens and chickens fern, pikopiko

From £14.95

Asplenium bulbiferum is an evergreen, low maintenance fern with a distinctively airy and light quality.

The Mother Spleenwort Fern displays lacy light green fronds of a wonderfully delicate appearance, arching gracefully into a frothy dome of foliage, which easily softens part shaded borders in the garden.

Origin: New Zealand
Genus: Asplenium
Species / Cultivar: bulbiferum
Common Name: Mother spleenwort, hens and chickens fern, pikopiko
Synonym: A.bulbeliferum

Plant Biography

The Asplenium bulbiferum is native to New Zealand, but it made its way into cultivation in Europe, though sometimes the plants are actually hybrids with similar species like A.gracillimum.

In New Zealand this, apparently tasty, fern is foraged for its young fronds, which are pickled and called pikopiko. Pikopiko is included in a range cuisines, from salads, cheeseboards and charcuterie plates to pastrami sandwiches.

Asplenium bulbeliferum
Soil: Moisture Retaining
Soil that drains at a slower rate due to higher organic matter content.
Growth Rate: Medium
Expect to see moderate growth during growing season.
Water Requirement: High
Likely to require supplementary watering in warmer months, even once established.
Maintenance: Low
Minimal skill or input needed beyond the basics, a very independent plant.
Situation: Part Shade
Enjoys several hours of direct sunlight but may enjoy dappling or shade at midday.
Eventual Height: 0.5 - 1.0m
The plant's ultimate height in typical growing conditions.
Eventual Spread: 0.6 - 1.0m
The plant's ultimate spread in typical growing conditions.
Hardiness: Half Hardy
Will need protection from frosts in order to survive winter, eg. with fleece jacket.
Habit: Evergreen
Always in leaf throughout the year. It won't lose all its leaves at any one time.

Expert Tip:

The Asplenium bulbiferum can be kept as an indoor plant too. Place it in a high humidity room, a bathroom or kitchen for the plant to thrive; keep the soil moist at all times and fertilise with a general purpose houseplant feed every other week.
Care & Size Guidance

Care & Size Guidance

Produced along the upper surface of the older leaves are little plantlets – hence the common name – Mother spleenworth Fern – which can be either removed, rooted and grown on or allowed to fall to the ground and reproduce naturally.

Outdoors, plant in part shade in a humus-rich soil. Morning sun is preferred to the afternoon sun.

Water sparingly in winter.

In colder areas Asplenium bulbiferum can be grown to perfection in the house or conservatory. Guard new growth against slugs and snails.

A healthy, decent sized plant. Good communication and delivered as arranged. I would recommend the palm centre

William B.

A healthy, decent sized plant. Good communication and delivered as arranged. I would recommend the palm centre

1 customer review for Asplenium bulbiferum

A healthy, decent sized plant. Good communication and delivered as arranged. I would recommend the palm centre

william B.