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Green with branches like a spider plant but at the end of each leaves they branch out into three.

These interesting plants are not a succulent; in fact, they’re almost the furthest thing from it! They are ferns, many of which require adequate moisture and a humid environment.

These particular types are known as ‘table ferns’ because they make great displays when seen from above, rather than in a hanging basket, like some other types.

Pteris cretica, the brake fern is one of the most often grown, and comes in many forms, but this characteristic of splitting into a fringe or frill at the ends of the leaves is common in the genus.

They’re easy to grow, and slow growing so they seldom need splitting.

They are partial to a soil with some organic matter in, like all ferns, so a potting soil with leaf mold (no manure) is perfect.

They grow best in a bright but shady area, out of the way of traffic, which can shred their somewhat fragile leaves.

Spraying with plain water (preferably distilled or rainwater to prevent mineral deposits from marking the leaves) if the air is dry, and making sure they are not in the draft of air conditioning or heating ducts are some ways to prevent problems.

Cool night temperatures will help keep these plants fresh and happy.

Hope that helps,