Which types are particularly popular?
Many types of ferns can serve as house plants. The sword fern is particularly well known and widespread. It is simply feathered and looks charming in a traffic light in the bathroom, for example. The following types are also suitable for pot culture:
- Rabbit foot fern
- Golden spotted fern
- Nest fern
- Rifle fern
- Maidenhair fern
- Antler fern
- Rib fern
- The fern as a houseplant: which species are suitable?
- The fern has brown leaves: what's wrong?
- What care does the fern need?
Find a location for indoor fern
Most fern species love the usual room temperatures between 16 and 22 ° C. Ferns don't do well in a spot in direct sunlight. The window sill in the bathroom, kitchen and living room are ideal if these rooms are not in full sun at lunchtime.
Find the right soil
A humus-rich, well-drained substrate will best meet the requirements of the fern. The soil should be easy to keep moist. Clay granules are ideal. On the one hand, waterlogging has no chance there and, on the other hand, the root ball of the plant does not dry out.
Water and fertilize properly
The fern in the room should be watered regularly. Low-lime water is best for this. If necessary, you should decalcify the tap water before watering. Furthermore, a water mist comes towards the fern. Spray it with water every now and then!
A slow release fertilizer is ideal to provide the fern with nutrients every two weeks from spring to autumn. You can also use a conventional flower fertilizer (€ 13.27 at Amazon *). But be careful: use it in half concentration. A dash of milk that you add to the irrigation water every 2 weeks is cheaper.
Caution: dry earth increases the risk of pest infestation!
Some pests such as spider mites, aphids, and sciarid gnats like to eat fern. You do not have to cut off infected parts. It is enough to clean them from the vermin and adjust the care.
Tips & Tricks
If you feel like it, you can easily multiply the fern by dividing the root ball. This works particularly well with the hemlock fern, button fern, sickle fern and maidenhair fern.
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