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4. Capricious Blehnum Giant Fern
Blechnum humpbacked or derbyanka (Blechnum gibbum) is rightfully considered one of the most capricious ferns. But from large plants for a small kitchen, he is better suited than his fellows and a variety of palms. The blechnum requirements for humidity are fully satisfied here, and the filigree and austere beauty of the plant appears in a new light.
Blehnums or Derbyanki outwardly most of all resemble the popular "pseudopalm" cycad. Over time, Blehnum forms a tree-like trunk with remnants of scales and fibers from old leaves; every year the plant more and more resembles not ferns, but wood giants. But the most beautiful part of all Derbyanka is, of course, the luxurious greenery. Long, feathery, with narrow lobes, about half a meter long, narrow and symmetrical fronds of this fern seem luxurious. In the kitchen, their geometric severity is revealed especially clearly. A rosette of leaves, rising higher and higher at the top of the stem, which is actually a modified rhizome, conquers with the brightness of the color, and glossy shine, and accuracy.
The forest charm of the Blehnum in small spaces is especially evident. Due to the fact that the plant forms a false trunk and grows in medium-sized containers, the blehnum does not take up much space, although the bunch of leaves at the top requires a certain freedom for normal development. But if you choose a large plant for the kitchen, an accent that would streamline the space, divide the room into zones, introduce spectacular verticals and attract the eyes, then only blehnum. It compensates for large household appliances, balances the design, refreshes sensations, brings peace and harmony, better than other large cultures, it organizes the space of a small kitchen. The plant is placed as a visual counterweight for a refrigerator or large furniture and appliances.
The moisture-loving blehnum is grown under ideal conditions in flower display cases. In a tiny kitchen, the microclimate for him is far from worse. Blechnums are hygrophilous, but in the kitchen there is no need for humidifiers. Stable moisture content of the substrate is important, but the Derbyanka makes mistakes in irrigation, as long as the water is soft. In small kitchens, the plant will only need periodic spraying. Blehnum is fed with a standard frequency during the period of active growth.
It is easy to find conditions for Blehnum. The plant does not like temperature fluctuations and grows well in warmth. Derbyanka prefers to spend the winter in a cool or cool-warm environment, but in the kitchen, as a rule, it tolerates higher temperatures. Blehnum loves ventilation and fresh air, it is much easier to satisfy this whim in small rooms. Blehnums are placed so that the plant is in partial shade or diffused lighting. It is one of the rare indoor crops that can be grown entirely under artificial light.
Derbyanki are transplanted as rarely as possible, only if the plant has nowhere to develop. For them, only a special substrate for ferns or a peat-based soil mixture is suitable. The plant is grown in not too large pots.
Blehnum can be propagated just like any other fern. Growing from spores requires patience, but dividing rhizomes is a much simpler method.
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