Although most Ferns grow in moist shady places like forest floors, this does not mean that they need no light. Their normal situation in the wild is dappled light, and if the light level in the home is too low, you will see poor growth and yellowing fronds. Ferns make wonderful low maintenance house plants as long as they are provided the right amount of light and texture! Ferns like moist soil and regular waterings. Try pouring the water directly to the base of the plant to care for Ferns.
- Light: Give your Ferns a position near a window that gets morning or late afternoon sun, and keep the Ferns away from strong sunlight, especially during the summer. Direct sunlight will make them lose their leaves or turn their fronds yellow. You can keep your Ferns in dim light as long as you give them regular breaks in bright light. They can be given artificial light, but this should be from a special gardening bulb or a fluorescent strip. Ordinary light bulbs generate too much heat.
- Pet Friendly: Yes most are, however the Asparagus Fern and Fern 'Sprengeri' are NOT pet friendly
- Water: Most Ferns like evenly moist soil with regular waterings. Allowing the soil to dry out between waterings stresses these plants. Bushy Ferns can be difficult to water. Try using a watering can with a long spout to direct the water to the center of the plant. Water generously, until it drains out of the bottom of the pot.
- Humidity: High
- Temperature: An individual Fern’s place of origin and adaptability will determine how high or low temperature the fern needs. Most Ferns don’t like cold. Those Ferns from tropical regions truly appreciate 60°-70° F. Those from more temperate regions enjoy temperatures between 50°-60°F.
- Difficult Level: Easy
Common Problems Q&A
Why are my leaves dry and crispy?
Your plant is probably being under watered, make sure you are keeping a consistent watering schedule. We also recommend pruning off the brown leaves to allow more room for new growth.
Why are my leaves yellowing?
This is likely caused by overwatering. Ferns like their soil to be damp but do not want to be wet or oversaturated. Keeping a regular watering schedule will help prevent overwatering.
Why are my leaves drooping?
This is likely because your Fern is not receiving enough water. Try to keep a consistent watering schedule. Water your Fern when the top 2-3 inches of soil are dry.