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Fern Care Tips

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Fern is a pretty popular plant that used in landscaping the garden or yard. Here we will discuss everything about ferns, starting from to maintenance and trimming, by presenting basic information on growing these awesome plants!


Ferns for Starters

Fern is a very enigmatic plant, they are ancient, yet can add certain tone for the whole yard. They first appeared in the fossil record 360 million years ago, but of course newer types have been emerging. There are about 20 000 types of ferns, however all of them share some of the similar characteristics and thus the care is also similar. Here are some basic care tips for such a diverse and awesome plant!


First of all, the location is important. Ferns usually grow under the trees, so they tolerate shades, however they can also be placed in the bright sun – if this sun is somehow obscured, let’s say by a lacy curtain if they are placed on the window or heavy branches of a tree. If you want to keep the round shape of fern, turn the plant every two other days, as the fronds keep turning for the light. They don’t like the direct sunlight. Once in a while it is important to trim the fern, starting from the brown and dying parts, cut them to the ground. This is usually done in late winter. Cut the fronds into small pieces and don’t throw away the dead parts, use them as mulch.


Ferns just love water, so keep watering until the earth around the plant is really moist. It is even better to water twice, once the top is dry, put some more water. By the way, the ferns like tepid water. For more moist you can even mist the tepid water on the plant, however be careful when doing that, because fronds, these little greening starters, may be harmed by the drops of water on them – so it is better to spray water from the distance. Another idea to keep the water available is to place a tray with pebbles under the pot, and pour there some water, but it shouldn’t cover the pebbles. One more thing, ferns like nitrogen, so use fertilizer that is high in nitrogen.

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