Carlos, a Crocodile Fern, or Microsorum Musifolium ‘Crocodyllus’, is named so because of the scale-like pattern to his leaves.
Native to parts of Australia and Asia, Carlos is an epiphyte, which means that he usually grows on other structures, using his roots to cling on. He draws up the majority of the water and nutrients he needs from the air, and in order to help him do so, in the wild his leaves can grow up to 5ft in length.
Because Carlos loves a slightly shady spot with plenty of humidity, your bathroom is a great spot, but you can also mist him regularly, place him on a pebble tray filled with water, or invest in a humidifier.
Carlos, Crocodile Fern - Small
Carlos prefers bright indirect light to partial shade, without prolonged exposure to direct sun - a touch of morning sunlight however would be welcomed.
If you’re not sure what level of light you have, check the shadows cast by your plant:
- Minimal shadow = lower light
- Half shadow = indirect light
- Full shadow = direct sun