Blechnum brasiliense ‘Volcano’

dwarf Brazilian tree fern 'Volcano'

(2 customer reviews)

A spectacular evergreen fern that produces long, crinkled outward reaching fronds which emerge bright red in colour before maturing to bronze and then green.

Nicknamed the Dwarf Brazilian Tree Fern as over time it forms a thin tree fern-esque trunk.

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Origin: Peru
Genus: Blechnum
Species / Cultivar: brasiliense 'Volcano'
Common Name: dwarf Brazilian tree fern 'Volcano'

Plant Biography

Blechnum brasiliense was discovered in Brazil, hence its name, but can be found across warm and humid tropical forests across South America, up to Central Mexico.

Known as the Dwarf Brazilian Tree Fern because of its trunk forming habit, the potential of this plant to survive in UK climates with only a little protection has more recently been realised.

The ‘Volcano’ cultivar have derived from parent plant with particularly bright red new fronds and looks particularly stunning as a container specimen.

Blechnum brasiliense ‘Volcano’
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: Medium
Once it is established, this plant is likely to only require watering during drier periods.
Maintenance: A little
Easy to look after but may occasionally require some attention in order to thrive.
Situation: Part Shade
Enjoys several hours of direct sunlight but may enjoy dappling or shade at midday.
Eventual Height: 1.5m
The plant's ultimate height in typical growing conditions.
Eventual Spread: 1m
The plant's ultimate spread in typical growing conditions.
Hardiness: Hardy
Survives unprotected in an average winter. May need protection in extreme long frosts.
Habit: Evergreen
Always in leaf throughout the year. It won't lose all its leaves at any one time.

Expert Tip

Whilst it is most commonly used as an outdoor plant, we have found that due to its native low light tropical climate it performs incredibly well as an indoor plant too!
Care & Size Guidance

Care & Size Guidance

This fern is best grown in a greenhouse to ensure it is kept away from frost, but can survive well in all but the coldest parts of the UK so long as it is in a wind-sheltered position and is protected from frost with fleece jackets.

If kept as an indoor plant, make sure to water more as new frond fiddleheads emerge and unfurl.

Beautiful plant arrived, excellent condition, excellent packaging, no signs of damage at all and clearly looked after very well both at nursery and during transit. Item showed up exactly as described. Very happy!

Kris J.

Beautiful plant arrived, excellent condition, excellent packaging, no signs of damage at all and clearly looked after very well both at nursery and during transit. Item showed up exactly as described. Very happy!

2 customer reviews for Blechnum brasiliense ‘Volcano’

Beautiful plant arrived, excellent condition, excellent packaging, no signs of damage at all and clearly looked after very well both at nursery and during transit. Item showed up exactly as described. Very happy!

Kris J.

This has settled in nicely. Nice plant really unusual.

Paul W.