prickly rasp fern
Doodia aspera is a tough fern with an upright habit, growing in most conditions, from full sun to full shade, coping really well with short periods of drought, windy and saltier locations.
Originally found in the Eastern parts of Australia, Doodia aspera has recently found its way in cultivation and is already enjoying a plethora of cultivars. In the wild it’s found at the edge of the eucalyptus forests or rainforests.
A robust fern that will grow in most conditions, whilst requiring minimal care. In spring, the fronds appear pinky coloured and turn mid green when mature.
Care & Size Guidance
Doodia aspera can be planted in a wide range of situations, from full sun to full shade. However, if planted in containers, a bit more care should be taken to keep the soil moist. The rasp fern can withstand short periods of drought.
Clean the dead and damaged fronds in spring to allow the new growth to shine through. Apply fern fertilizer during the growth period, from March to September.
The fern can be kept indoors too over winter, however, further care needs to be taken as the plant is prone to be host for thrips, aphids and mealy bugs.