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PLUG Arachniodes simplicior 'variegata', also known as Variegated Japanese Holly Fern, is a stunning fern that can thrive in a terrarium setting. Here are some care tips for keeping your Arachniodes simplicior 'variegata' healthy in a terrarium:

Light: Arachniodes simplicior 'variegata' prefers bright, indirect light. Placing your terrarium in a spot that receives a few hours of indirect sunlight per day, such as near a bright window, is ideal. However, it can also thrive in lower light conditions.

Water: Arachniodes simplicior 'variegata' requires consistently moist soil, so it's essential to keep the soil in your terrarium damp at all times. Watering once a week or when the top inch of soil feels dry is usually sufficient. Be sure to use room temperature or lukewarm water to avoid shocking the roots.

Humidity: Arachniodes simplicior 'variegata' prefers high humidity levels. A terrarium provides an excellent environment to maintain high humidity levels. You can mist the plant with room temperature water or place a layer of damp sphagnum moss at the bottom of the terrarium to help increase humidity levels.

Temperature: Arachniodes simplicior 'variegata' prefers temperatures between 60-75°F (15-24°C) and should be kept away from cold drafts or heat sources such as radiators or air conditioning vents.

Soil: Arachniodes simplicior 'variegata' prefers a well-draining potting mix that is high in organic matter. You can add perlite or sand to the soil to improve drainage in your terrarium. Additionally, using a layer of activated charcoal at the bottom of the terrarium can help keep the soil healthy and prevent bacterial or fungal growth.

Fertilizer: Arachniodes simplicior 'variegata' does not require frequent fertilization. Applying a balanced liquid fertilizer at half strength once a month during the growing season (spring and summer) can help promote healthy growth.

Pruning: Arachniodes simplicior 'variegata' does not require frequent pruning, but removing dead or damaged fronds can help improve the plant's appearance. Additionally, removing old fronds can help encourage new growth.

Propagation: Arachniodes simplicior 'variegata' can be propagated through division. Dividing the plant is an effective method and can be done by gently separating the plant into smaller sections and replanting them in fresh soil.

Pests and Diseases: Arachniodes simplicior 'variegata' is relatively resistant to pests and diseases but can be susceptible to spider mites and scale insects. It's essential to keep a close eye on your plant and treat any infestations promptly. Additionally, the fern can be prone to fungal diseases, which can be prevented by providing good air circulation and avoiding overwatering.

Variegated Japanese Holly Fern - L plug - Arachniodes simplicior 'variegata'

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