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TIPS FOR GROWING FABULOUS FERNS

Growing ferns is like paying homage to the passage of time. These beautiful plants have been on this earth for millions of years, surviving and thriving through floods and fires. They are delicate, yet tough; stalwart, yet elegant. Provided that ferns have their basic needs met, they offer lush foliage for any home or garden.  Implement these few tips to ensure that your ferns have an environment that will allow them to thrive:

  1. Ensure that they are planted in the proper soil.  Fern grow naturally in forests or tropical areas that are known to have rich compost. To create optimum soil conditions for your ferns, try adding peat to your compost or soil to enrich it.  Make sure that the soil is also well-draining.  Ferns do not like wet, water-logged roots.
  2. Keep away from bright sunlight. Ferns are used to growing in lush, relatively shaded areas where they may be hidden from harsh sun. They don’t need full sun to thrive. They actually prefer early morning sun or late afternoon sun. Don’t expose your ferns to too much direct sun.
  3. Humidity. Ferns love humid conditions.  Having them in a sun room is a great idea.  It’s also a good idea to keep ferns in a warm place and mist them once a week. This can help create some humidity for the plant.
  4. Fertilize. Ferns can be fertilised every 3-4 weeks. It is advised that you use a liquid fertilizer as it is slow releasing and won’t shock or burn out the plant.  Feel free to chat to our team if you need assistance in this regard.
  5. Remove damaged fronds. If you notice any part of the plant turning brown or decaying, it should be removed immediately. However, take note of yellow fronds.  This might mean that you are over-watering your fern.  Leave the yellow fronds in place and simply reduce your watering schedule.
  6. Potted ferns. Ferns can be grown in pots.  Remember that they will need a decent amount of space to spread their roots. Ensure that you use a peat based potting soil for best results. You don’t want to skimp on the proper soil, as it will be more important now than ever to make sure the plant has the proper base to grow in.

Blackwood's Growing Ferns