Umbrella Fern

Common Names: Umbrella Fern, Lace Fern

Botanical names: Sticherus cunninghamii

Availability: Year Round, although limited distribution.

Vase life: 7 to 14 days

Storage temperatures: 36 - 41 degrees Fahrenheit

Ethylene Sensitive: Yes

Description: The fronds of the Umbrella Fern are finely divided and often resemble lace, with a delicate, lacy appearance. The fronds are usually arranged in a circular or umbrella-like pattern, hence the name "umbrella fern."

Color: Deep green

Botanical facts: The umbrella fern is native to Australia and New Zealand.

Design notes: The umbrella fern is prized for its graceful appearance and is commonly used in contemporary designs as a sheltering element.

Purchasing hints: Select undamaged stems with complete fronds

Conditioning: Dip the entire fern in a solution of water and Pixie Sparkle ™. This will put a wax coating on the leaves and will help keep the moisture in and prevent browning. Cut two inches off of the stem ends with a sharp knife. Hydrate in water only for two hours before storage or usage. Store in water only.

Additional notes: Ferns, including umbrella ferns, are some of the oldest plants on Earth, with fossil records dating back over 360 million years.