Ferns are one of the all time favorite plants for porches and patios. But did you know that ferns can be kept all year long both indoor and outdoor? Well here’s your guide to some favorites and how to keep them happy all throughout the year.
Ferns are one of the oldest plants on Earth and can be found in all kinds of environments across regions. Although classified together, many ferns have wildly different care needs and thrive in diverse environments. Owning ferns are fun because many of the fronds unfurl slowly which, in our opinion, is so satisfying to watch. The most common ferns we see for indoor plant use are the Boston Fern, Maidenhair Fern, and the Bird’s Nest fern.
The Boston Fern is likely the most popular fern variety today. Care for this plant is moderately easy as long as you have chosen the proper environment for it to thrive. Boston Ferns prefer a cool place with indirect light and high humidity. Particularly in the summer, a shaded patio or balcony that gets a good breeze is perfect. During the warmer months, they prefer consistently moist soil and depending on how hot it gets, this may mean watering twice per week.
Maidenhair ferns are quickly becoming a fan favorite among plant aficionados. Their delicate fronds really add a touch of elegance to any room. They need partial to full shade, consistently damp soil, and do not tolerate drought. Planting in well draining soil (with a good mixture of peat moss and perlite) will ensure it doesn’t suffer root or stem rot.
Bird’s Nest Fern
Bird’s Nest ferns are the latest cutie on the block! They are unique in that they don’t look like typical ferns and are even more low maintenance than their fern cousins. They can tolerate the soil going dry occasionally, they prefer low to medium light, and they don’t require as much humidity as most ferns. They are ideal for an indoor/year-round houseplant with little fuss.
Ferns are overall, easy care plants that can add that touch of southern charm to your porch or patio. And if these pictures didn’t convince you to get one, ferns are also safe for cats and dogs unlike most houseplants. 😍 We stan!
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