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Pot Pteris vittata, also known as the Chinese brake fern or ladder fern, is a species of fern that can thrive in a terrarium setting. Here is a care sheet for Pteris vittata in a terrarium:

Light: Pteris vittata prefers bright, indirect light. It can tolerate some direct sunlight, but it should be filtered through a sheer curtain or placed in a spot where it receives only a few hours of direct sunlight each day. In indoor settings, it can be placed near a sunny window or under grow lights.

Water: Pteris vittata prefers consistently moist soil, but it should not be waterlogged. Water the plant when the top inch of the soil feels dry to the touch, making sure not to let the soil completely dry out. It is important to avoid overwatering, as this can cause root rot. During the winter months, reduce watering to once every 2-3 weeks.

Soil: Pteris vittata prefers well-draining soil that is rich in organic matter. A mix of peat moss, perlite, and sand can be used to provide the ideal soil conditions. It is important to avoid using soil that is too dense or heavy, as this can cause root rot.

Temperature and Humidity: Pteris vittata prefers temperatures between 60-80°F (15-27°C). It can tolerate slightly cooler temperatures, but it should be protected from frost and freezing temperatures. The plant also prefers high humidity levels of at least 50%. If the air in your home is dry, you can increase humidity levels by placing a tray of water near the plant or by using a humidifier.

Fertilizer: Pteris vittata does not require frequent fertilization. Apply a balanced fertilizer once every 2-3 months during the growing season (spring and summer). Avoid fertilizing during the winter months.

Pruning: Pteris vittata does not require frequent pruning. However, it can become quite large and may need to be pruned back to keep it from overtaking the terrarium. Remove any dead or damaged fronds to promote healthy growth.

Propagation: Pteris vittata can be propagated by spores. Spores can be collected from mature fronds and sown in a well-draining soil mix. Keep the soil moist and place the container in a warm and humid location until new growth appears.

Pests and Diseases: Pteris vittata is relatively pest and disease-resistant. However, it can be susceptible to spider mites and other common houseplant pests. Inspect the plant regularly for signs of infestation and treat promptly with an insecticidal soap. Overwatering can also lead to root rot and other fungal diseases, so it's important to avoid this by allowing the soil to dry out partially between waterings.

Chinese brake fern or ladder fern - Pteris vittata

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