Plants in the House - How to Care for an Indoor Fern
There is nothing more beautiful than a fern, to add warmth and beauty to any space. Every Spring, I invest in two or three ferns to add warmth and beauty and grace to any location. When walking in wooded ares, you can find these magnificent plants growing in the wild. They are truly one of nature's most beautiful ornamental greenery!
Ferns have also been used in studies to assess their ability to remove pollutants from the air. So they are superb for outdoors as well as indoors. They are perfect for low light areas or an office space, and if you care for them properly, they will grow and thrive. There are different types of indoor ferns, as well as slightly different growing conditions, to help to keep them healthy.
This plant actually originates from South America, but got it's name when first discovered on a ship bound for Boston. The Boston Fern, as all ferns love humidity. Their curly fuzz covered leaves, and reddish-brown stems are magnificent! They do well in , bright filtered or indirect light. To make sure they grow evenly, rotate them from time.
They do well in a sandy mixture with sphagnum and humus. The best temperatures are between 60 to 75 degrees Fahrenheit in the day and between 50 and 55 degrees in the evenings. Boston ferns can group up to 4 feet in length. Use a time released fertilizer to ensure a healthy plant.
This fern is a smaller, dainty fern that is easy to care for and survive a little neglect. They like warm temperatures of 60 - 80 degrees. Allow them to dry out between waterings as they don't like to be too wet. They don't like direct light, but can tolerate more sun when in a sunny location indoors. They multiply quickly and can be divided like most ferns. Button ferns can last for decades, with the proper care, fertilization.
Bird's Nest Fern
This plant got its name, because it grows on trees, and are used as nests; particularly, in their native environment. It can be removed from the tree and planting in a pot. They will take 3 or four house of light a day, and do well in shady areas.
They are good for indoor or outdoor patios or a back deck that doesn't get full sun. They can get to be 2 to 3 feet aside and across. If you want your plant to continue to grow, transplant to a greater pot when it becomes root bound. The bigger the pot, the larger the plant it will produce. It likes to be moist, but not wet. Make sure not to over water this plant. Fertilize periodically, for faster growth and mist from time to time.
Rabbit's Foot Fern
This fern is a hardy fern, and you don't have to do much to keep it alive. They are native to Figi and can be found in the trees and dense forests of that country. They really like warm areas and do well as a houseplant, if you follow a few rules. It is considered a novelty plant because they have roots that grown out of the fern that looks like, furry 'rabbit's feet.
They grow best in a handing plant and can take the feet to start another plant. Put them in the shower every few months and make sure they never dry out. They don't like direct light, but filtered light if fine. When this plant stops growing, it is time to put it in another larger pot. At this time, you can also separate the plant to make two of the one.