What is a Fern?
Botanical Classification: Polypodiaceae
Ferns are ancient, dating all the way back to the Carboniferous period. They can be found across the globe and are particularly abundant in areas of high moisture, such as rainforests and woodlands, they are seldom seen in cold, dry climates
These indoor plants are living reminders of ages gone by, Most ferns require the same basic care but they’ll need just a bit more looking after than other tropical plants because they love a humid environment. Some ferns shed their leaves from time to time, but with proper watering and maintenance, leaf drop can be greatly reduced. Larger leaf ferns tend to be less messy and require less water than their thirstier cousins.
Caring for your fern.
Ferns do best in a medium to bright spot with filtered, dappled or indirect sunlight. Avoid direct sunlight, too much light or direct sunlight will cause the fronds on the fern to yellow and die.
Ferns need constant moisture, but don’t let them sit in standing water. More importantly, do not neglect to water your fern. When that happens, you will find a dying fern surrounded by a ring of brown, crunchy leaves. Consistent watering is the aim
Normal household temperatures are fine but keep away from draughts. Ferns prefer cooler temperatures but can withstand warmer temperatures they'll just need more water and shade during a heatwave.
Occasionally through the growing season, cut back on feeding during the winter months
Ferns love humidity and is a must to keep your fern in good condition. A humidifier is the most effective way to raise the moisture level in your home. If you don’t have a humidifier, group your plants together, or place them on top a tray of pebbles and water so the evaporating water can reach the foliage.
Ferns are non-poisonous plants and safe for humans, dogs and cats.
- Keep your fern away from hot and cold air drafts. This includes window drafts, heaters, and air conditioning.
- Only fertilize your indoor plants after you’ve saturated the soil with water; this avoids burning the roots and foliage.
- Group ferns together to make caring for them easier.
- Leave your ferns in the grow pots or plant in nonporous pots as this helps keep their soil moist.