This section is from the book "The Gardener V2", 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.
Considering the great demand for ornamental plants for all sorts of decorative purposes, it is matter for surprise that this most useful and ornamental Australian Fern is not cultivated to a greater extent. It can be grown into large plants in comparatively small pots, and is, consequently, a most suitable Fern for furnishing vases and baskets. It grows, when shifted on into 10- or 12-inch pots, 3 feet high. Its fronds are pinnate, and the lower pinna) also become pinnate. Its colour is of the most vivid glossy green. A great recommendation to it is that it can be grown in a cool house; and it is singularly free from the attacks of insects, such as thrips, which are so troublesome in the case of many Ferns. It is also a Fern of the easiest possible growth, thriving well in a mixture of loam, leaf-mould, and a little sand. J. M.