Ferns

Growing ferns can be tricky, but here are some guidelines you can follow:

  1. Planting medium
  2. Air Humidity
  3. Water
  4. Light

1. Choose the right plant medium

Ferns like a potting mix that is well drained and full of organic matter. This can include leaf mold, charcoal, peat moss and potting soil. It is also helpful to pot the fern in a clay pot or other pot that is well drained.

2. Pay attention to the air in your home

For ferns to grow to their optimum potential, they need 2 conditions to be met

1) Cooler temperatures

2) High Humidity

Ferns grow in nature usually in crevices of the forest floor. These places are humid and cool. Make sure your fern isn’t right next to a really hot window, but instead is receiving genlte, filtered light. Ferns don’t like to get too hot, so keep them away from heaters and stoves. Ferns like a lot of humidity. You can creat this in several ways.

  • Place the fern near a kitchen sink or bathroom shower.
  • Place a humidifier near the fern plant
  • Fill a tray with water and gravel and place the fern pot on top of it.

3. Don’t over water

Water your ferns thoroughly each time, so that all of the soil or moss gets wet. Most ferns like to have the soil moist at all times, but you can rot the roots if you keep the soil perpetually wet. It can dry out between waterings.

4. Give your fern the right amount of light

Too much light (and heat) will burn an fern’s leaves. Not enough light will result in weak growth. Imagine really strong sunlight filtered through leaves in a forest: that is the kind of light that is best for ferns. Place them so that they receive a lot of light through a window, but not so close to the window that they will get burned. You may need to experiment.