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Ferns and fern care

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Ferns by their very nature are well adapted to shady areas - they've evolved to survive under low light conditions.  Most ferns (not all of them) prefer lots of moisture and will wilt if you do not care for them daily.  Some ferns are hardier than others, so choose wisely and you will be rewarded with lush tropical greenery to die for.

Fern species that can cope with drier conditions

Blechnum occidentale (hammock fern) , Polypodium aurea, Pteridium aquilinum, Pteris cretica.

Fern care

You can guess the sort of care that ferns adore by taking a close look at what conditions they thrive in their natural environment.  Most ferns live in little pockets of soil in rock crevices or live off trees so whilst they adore humidity and moisture, they will only cope with frequent watering if they are planted in well drained soil.  If the flower pot you pick has insufficient drainage holes, drill in a couple more to ensure that the poor thing doesn't just sit in the moisture day in day out and suffer from root rot.

Common pests that attack ferns

These would include mealybugs, scale insects, thrips, snails and slugs.  Ants aren't a problem per se, except they seem to be the bringer of bad tidings as they are often the carriers of sucking insects to your precious ferns.

Ferns from NatureHills Nursery

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Ferns and fern care
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