This section is from the book "The Gardener V1", by William Thomson. Also available from Amazon: The New Organic Grower: A Master's Manual of Tools and Techniques for the Home and Market Gardener.
This is one of the most beautiful Ferns that has been introduced into this country. It grows to a large size, and is of the most graceful habit, and may certainly be regarded as the king or queen of all Davallias. Although it produces fronds 3 feet in length, its subdivisions are so very small and numerous, and so beautifully green, combined with the triangular and graceful arching form of the fronds, that it is as really elegant as it is large. It requires stove-heat, and grows with great rapidity when liberally treated. I have found it do best in equal portions of fibry peat and loam, with a sprinkling of silver-sand and charcoal. It requires a good supply of water when growing vigorously, and an occasional watering of weak dung-water. It requires to be grown in a wide-mouthed pot to give it room to extend and throw up its vigorous fronds. Wherever there are half-a-dozen stove Ferns cultivated, this should be one of them, for it is not only beautiful as a large specimen, but most useful as a decorative plant for rooms when in small pots with only half-a-dozen fronds. It will be very extensively cultivated ere long, the same as common Adiantums for decorative purposes.
The segments are so minutely and neatly subdivided that it is most suitable for bouquets, and intermingling with cut-flowers in vases. D. T.