Fern Care

Fern Care

Fern Care

Though ferns are known as shade plants, indoors, ferns need really bright filtered light to grow well. They use a lot of water and need adequate light in their environment to help them look their best without browning or crisping. Many varieties also benefit greatly from high humidity.

Popular varieties include: Rabbit’s Foot, Staghorn Fern, Tree Fern, Mother Fern, Japanese Birds Nest Fern, Maidenhair, shop all Ferns  


  • Bright, but indirect light
  • Can tolerate bright medium light conditions such as in front of an unobstructed northern or eastern window


  • Likes to stay consistently moist 
  • Water 2x a week or more depending on environment


  • Humidity is a must; even if the soil is moist, they can crisp up due to lack of humidity 
  • Spray daily or keep on a wet pebble tray to create humidity 

Soil Type: 

  • A blend of peat moss, coco coir, or sphagnum for moisture retention, sand or gravel for drainage, and potting soil
  • 1/3 potting soil, 1/3 peat moss or coco coir, 1/3 equal parts sand, gravel, charcoal 

Toxicity Level: 

  • Most are non-toxic to animals 

Additional Information:

  • Maidenhair variety needs frequent watering; water 3 times a week 
  • Great in bathrooms with filtered light.
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