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Fern (furn)
Family: Polypodiaceae
Pet Friend: Although most ferns are safe for pets and children, it's important to conduct proper research before introducing any new plant into your home.

Are you a plant enthusiast looking to add a touch of natural beauty to your indoor space? Look no further than ferns! These fascinating plants have been around since the Carboniferous era and add a unique soft and airy texture to any plant collection. While they require basic care, ferns thrive in a humid environment and need a bit more attention than other tropical plants. With these helpful tips, you can successfully grow and care for your own ferns in your home. From choosing the right potting mix to providing the ideal lighting and watering conditions, each step is essential to keep your ferns healthy and thriving. With their timeless beauty and graceful foliage, ferns are a fantastic addition to any indoor garden. So why not bring a piece of nature's past into your home and start growing your ferns today?

Here are some key things to keep in mind when growing ferns:

  1. Light: Contrary to popular belief, ferns need some light to thrive. Medium, indirect dappled light is ideal, while direct sunlight should be avoided, especially during the summer when the sun's rays are intense.

  2. Water: Ferns require constant moisture, but don't let them sit in standing water. Instead, water them frequently but lightly, just enough to keep the soil moist but not soggy. Consider planting your ferns into self-watering planters for convenience.

  3. Soil: The soil composition is critical when it comes to growing ferns. They need a soil medium that can retain moisture but still drain excess water to avoid root rot. Most pre-mixed soils will suffice, but make sure there's plenty of organic matter.

  4. Temperature: Ferns adapt quickly to most household temperatures, but prefer cooler temperatures. They'll need more water and shade during a heatwave, and good air circulation is essential.

  5. Humidity: Humidity is a must to keep your ferns strong and vigorous. A humidifier is the best solution to raise the humidity in your home, or place them on a tray filled with pebbles and water for evaporating moisture to reach the foliage.

  6. Fertilizer: Feed your ferns with a ¼-diluted complete liquid fertilizer twice a month during the growing season. Be careful not to over-fertilize, and do not feed during the winter or colder months.

  7. Pro Tips: Only fertilize your indoor plants after saturating the soil with water, group ferns together for easier care, and repot them into a larger container with organic-rich soil when they become root-bound.

Ready to start growing ferns in your home? Head over to American Plant Supply to purchase growing supplies and plants today. Don't miss out on the opportunity to bring a piece of Earth's origin into your home with these beautiful and ancient plants!