Many of these new introductions come from Japan, China, India and Hawaii.
I planted the ferns in an assortment of different containers that had an aged look.
The closest one to the left is a broken finial from my garden.
This graceful fern is called, “Mama Mia” (Woodwardia o.) and is slow growing to 4’x6’ feet.
As it continues to grow, the glossy fronds are topped with small plants that you can propagate!
This bi-colored gem is actually not a fern.
'Beni Kujaku' is a Selaginella that is sometimes called “peacock fern” because of it's lacy, cut leaves.
Beni Kujaku has a rosette form with a cup like shape and is a deep green and maroon color.
This plant will stay small and look great in a container!
'Mt. Haleakala' (Adiantium) is a rosy maidenhair fern that will grow into an attractive 1' tall x 1' wide clump with fronds that emerge rosy red.
The spores on 'Mt. Haleakala' grow along the edge of the leaves, creating a "curled effect."
As you may guess, this Adiantium is from Hawaii.
'Hokaido Gem' (Asplenium) is a clumping birds nest fern with long, tongue-like strappy leaves.
'Taiwanese Tongue' fern (Pyrrosia polydactyla) will grow to 1' tall x 1' wide and boast a textural clump of velvety five-fingered, dark green leaves.
HOW DO YOU CARE FOR INDOOR POTTED FERNS?
One of the most important care practices that impacts indoor ferns is lighting and watering habits.
While ferns are shade plants outdoors, often growing under the canopy of taller trees, ferns do need bright light indoors!
During the summer, a south facing window may let in harsh sunlight that will scorch your fern leaves.
It's best to set the plants away from the window, but keep them in a room that has natural light.
Pay attention to:
–Proper location-bright but indirect light, 60-75 degrees
–Use well-draining potting soil for ferns
–Water to keep soil moist but not saturated and mist leaves periodically
–Add room humidifier or group plants to slow evaporation.
–Fertilize with slow release granules in spring.
HOW MUCH WATER DO FERNS NEED?
The main challenge with keeping ferns moist is that indoor air tends to be very dry and ferns prefer a humid ambiance.
Between keeping the soil moist and periodic misting, you will eventually learn how much water is best for your fern.
Too much water feels like "hair that is dripping wet," when it should feel moist, like hair that is air drying!
Look for signs of too much water, like yellow leaves, wilting leaves, soil that has a bad smell and cut back.
Water and proper soil texture go hand in hand.
Soil should drain well so that water doesn't saturate it.
Shirley explains how to water ferns on Home & Family while Cristina Ferrare, Mark Steines listen.
I found this adorable little mister at the dollar store.
Watch my garden segment video about ferns on the Home & Family Show.
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