Houseplants

FANCY FERNS

I love, love, love ferns!

Ferns thrive in medium filtered light to low light and require humidity, but with a little bit of effort you can successfully nurture these beautiful plants. A few important tips to get you started: pot your fern in a plastic container rather than clay because the plastic will retain moisture. Choose a peat moss laden soil mixture with lots of organic matter in it. Choose north facing light for your fern.

Here are some ferns that can be found in most garden centres:

Crocodile Fern
Microsorium musifolium ‘Crocodyllus’
Medium to bright light and high humidity
May grow 4 feet tall and wide.

Lemon Button Fern
Nephrolepis cordifolia ‘Lemon Button’
Medium to bright light and high humidity
May grow 3 feet tall and 4 feet wide.

Maidenhair Fern
Adiantum raddianum ‘Fritz Luth’
Medium to bright light and high humidity
May grow 2 feet tall and wide.

Rabbit’s Foot
Humata tyermanii
Medium to bright light and high humidity
May grow 2 feet tall and wide.

Staghorn Fern
FYI: Staghorns don’t need to be grown in soil so you often see them mounted and grown on walls or posts.
Platycerium bifurcatum
Medium to bright light and high humidity
May grow 6 feet tall and wide.

Bird’s Nest Fern
Asplenium nidus
Medium to bright light and high humidity
May grow 5 feet tall and wide (but usually 1-2 feet indoors).

Silver Brake Fern
Pteris cretica ‘Mayi’
Medium to bright light and high humidity
May grow 2 feet tall and wide.

Kangaroo Paw Fern
Microsorium diversifolium
Medium to bright light and high humidity
May grow 2 feet tall and wide.

Boston Fern
Most common indoor fern.
Nephrolepis exaltata ‘Fluffy Ruffles’
Medium to bright light and high humidity
May grow 7 feet tall and wide (but usually 2-3 feet tall and wide indoors).

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