Fern Care 101

Fern Care 101

Ferns are a popular choice for people who love forest plants and cottagecore. These plants are ideal for those who would like to add a touch of greenery to their home without having to fret terribly over plant chores. Here's a care guide for ferns to help you keep your ferns healthy and thriving.


1. Watering: Ferns need to have consistently moist soil. Keep the soil evenly moist by watering it when the top inch of soil feels dry. Do not overwater, as this can lead to root rot. It is better to water from below but sitting the nursery pot in water and letting it absorb upwards.


2. Humidity: Ferns thrive in high humidity environments. Mist the leaves of the plant with water several times a week to keep the humidity high. This is why ferns are perfect for bathrooms and laundry rooms; they love that humid air.


3. Sunlight: Ferns prefer indirect sunlight. Place your fern in a spot where it can receive plenty of natural light but is protected from the intensity of direct sunlight, which can scorch its leaves. Ferns are sometimes happy enough in lower light as well but needs a touch of sun every now and then.


4. Soil: Ferns require well-draining soil that is rich in organic matter. A soil mix made specifically for fern plants can provide the necessary nutrients and drainage required for their growth. For this, we recommend of Forest Plants soil blend or Forest Plants repotting kit.


5. Fertilizing: Ferns benefit from regular fertilization during the growing season, which typically takes place in the spring and summer months. I personally love aloe vera and seaweed based fertilisers for ferns.


6. Repotting: Repot ferns when they outgrow their container or when the roots are growing out of the drainage holes. Choose a slightly larger pot than the current one, and use fresh potting soil to encourage new growth. Learn more about repotting in our Repotting Kits section of the website.


7. Pests and Diseases: Ferns are susceptible to pests like spider mites and mealybugs. Inspect your plants regularly for any signs of infestation, and treat them immediately with our Leaf Potion No. 9 or a indoor plant pesticide spray. Overwatering can also lead to root rot, so be sure to follow the watering guidelines mentioned above.


With proper care, fern houseplants can thrive in various indoor environments. By following these guidelines, you can ensure that your ferns will remain healthy and beautiful for a long time. If you have any more questions about ferns and fern care, send us a message and we will be more than happy to help!

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