How to Take Care of a Fern Indoors
How do you keep ferns alive indoors?
Mist your ferns as often as practical, preferably in the morning. Keep a spray bottle handy and train your family members to use it whenever they pass by the fern. Stand the pot on a tray of pebbles or clay granules and keep those wet. This increases the humidity around the plant without keeping the roots soggy. via
How often do you water indoor ferns?
As a rule, they prefer 1 to 2 inches of water a week, but this also depends on the soil and the growth rate. Ferns grown in light, sandy soil require more frequent watering than those grown in dense clay soil. via
Why is my indoor fern dying?
The biggest obstacle to growing healthy ferns indoors is the dry air found inside most homes. Without adequate humidity, the fronds turn brown and dry. You may also see brown, dry fronds when ferns don't get the right amount of light or when you don't water or fertilize properly. via
Does a fern need direct sunlight?
Most ferns prefer indirect light, which means you should avoid placing them where sunlight will hit them—their leaves can get scorched if you do, resulting in a dry, crispy plant. If your ferns can't get enough natural light in your home, try using a grow light on them for a few hours a day to supplement. via
What does an overwatered fern look like?
The first sign that a fern is overwatered is usually yellowing or wilted leaves. The weight of the pot is another indication that a fern needs water. If the soil is dry, the pot will feel very light. Hold off watering for a few days, then test the soil again. via
Do ferns grow well indoors?
Because indoor ferns are tropical, they will grow best if the temperature is at least 65 degrees F during the daytime and around ten degrees cooler at night. Ferns should be grown in a potting mix that provides good drainage and is high in organic matter. via
Should you mist ferns?
Misting is good for broad-leaf ferns and those of simple-leaf forms. Use less spray on crinkled varieties, which tend to collect moisture and hold it, contributing to development of fungus. Humidity can be increased in the vicinity of the plants when pots are set on trays of moist pebles or on damp sand. via
Can you overwater a fern?
Overwatering causes the fronds to yellow and wilt and may eventually lead to root rot and fungal diseases, especially if the pot is allowed to sit in water. Too little water also causes wilt. But you also can increase humidity around the ferns by placing the pots on a pebble-lined tray. via
How often do you use Epsom salt on ferns?
You can mix 2 tablespoons into 1 gallon of water and spray it onto your fern once a month. Do this when your ferns are actively growing, and when the ferns are more dormant, reduce the ratio to 1 tablespoon per gallon. via
Should I cut the dead leaves off my fern?
About Indoor Ferns
To improve their appearance, you should prune out any brown or yellow fronds from indoor ferns. Pruning out these dead fronds also improves airflow around the plant, which helps reduce fungal or mold problems. If you find your indoor fern's fronds frequently die back, check the soil. via
How do I know if my fern is dying?
Dig up the roots and examine them if the fern still fails to produce new growth. If the roots appear healthy and living, then the fern may need more time to put forth a new flush of fronds. Roots that are either rotten and soft or dry and brittle indicate the fern has died. via
What to do if fern is dying?
Trim the drooping fronds back to about 2 inches long and leave any healthy upright fronds in the center of the plant intact. If all fronds are drying and dying, trim them all to 2 inches. Clean out the dead leaves and check the soil for offsets -- baby ferns -- which can be separated and planted in their own pots. via
How many hours of sunlight does a fern need?
SUN LOVING FERNS can take direct sun for about 4 hours per day (morning, mid or afternoon) and filtered the rest of the day. These ferns thrive on LESS water which makes them easily adaptable to sunny locations. via
Can ferns grow in low light?
Many ferns, including button, Autumn, rabbit's foot, maidenhair and more, are good options for low-light situations. Give them consistently moist soil and low to medium light. via
Do ferns clean the air?
Ferns are fantastic for removing common airborne pollutants — including formaldehyde, xylene, and toluene — which have been thought to cause headaches, trouble breathing, and the growth of cancerous cells. The Boston fern, which includes the lemon button variety, also combats winter dryness by raising indoor humidity. via