2017: The year of the fern

With spring comes greenery, and nothing is more in style than a fern. The luscious leaves and pleasing look of the fern make them the houseplant of 2017. Not only do ferns offer a rich, textured charm, they work great with a variety of home decor. Whether you’re opting for a plant hanger, a terrarium or a simple accessory, ferns are a great addition to your home or office.

If you’re interested in growing and maintaining ferns indoors, there are a few things you should keep in mind. To get started, here are three conditions ferns need to stay healthy and happy.

Temperature

If your home is too hot or too cold, ferns will have a hard time thriving. The perfect temperature depends on the climate in the plant’s native region. For tropical ferns, that ranges from 60-70 degrees F, while those from more temperate areas prefer 50-60 degrees F.

Light

Ferns tend to like moist, shady spaces. Instead of providing no light or low light, consider giving your houseplants filtered light. You’ll know if your fern isn’t getting enough light because the fronds will begin to turn yellow.

Humidity

If there’s one thing ferns like, it’s moisture. In general, humid conditions are ideal. Whether the plant lives in your living room, dining room or family room, house your fern in a pot surrounded by damp pebbles or clay. Additionally, you’ll want to mist your plants regularly with tepid water to keep them healthy.

At Homestead Gardens, we have a variety of ferns you can choose from. Visit us today at our Davidsonville or Severna Park locations.

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