Though there are several thousands species of fern, basic tips for care and maintenance is the same for all variations. Ferns are a popular leafy plant that can add texture to any garden or can open up a room in any home. All fern have fronds, which are large, divided leaves. On these fronds are the fern’s spores, which allows for fern reproduction. These fronds are an essential aspect of fern growth and require particular attention when growing your fern plant.
Ferns are known as shade-tolerant plants that grow best when placed in diffused sunlight. The fern’s fronds are very fragile and if placed in direct sunlight for extended periods of time may wilt or burn. Ferns also thrive when their leaves receives a sufficient amount of moisture so high humidity areas are actually beneficial. If your home or garden is in a drier area, don’t worry; your fern will still grow beautifully if watered properly. Also, make sure you leave enough area surrounding your seeding for your fronds to grow. If grown in a crowded or tight area, your fern will grow poorly.
Another important aspect of fern care is damp soil. Soil that is consistently moist and drained provides the best growing opportunity. Water your fern whenever the soil appears dry. If growing fern in a pot, make sure you add holes to the bottom of the pot for better drainage and make sure that drainage is discarded regularly. If it is not cleared often then the root will rot and the fern will die. It is also a good idea to mist your fern’s leaves once or twice a week, especially if you live in an area with low humidity.
Ferns require little use of fertilizer. Applying fertilizer once every two months is more than enough.