Fern Care Instructions
Lighting - Ferns prefer low, indirect sunlight and can be placed in areas that receive partial to full shade. (That doesn’t mean NO light is okay, as all plants require some sunlight in order to photosynthesize.) Leaves may begin to brown and crisp if the light is too intense or if they’re in close vicinity to a heat source such as a vent or stove.
Water - Ferns don’t fare well when they dry out, so make sure to keep the soil moist without allowing it to become soggy. They also like humidity so misting with water if possible can help. Plants in a terrarium will get some humidity from the contained air within the globe, or if you’ve got a bathroom with bright natural light, they’ll benefit from the additional moisture from the shower!
Some ferns are much more forgiving than others. While maidenhair ferns are gorgeous with their delicate tendrils, if they get too dry and the leaves crisp up, even after a thorough watering the dried stems won’t come back. That’s not to say you can’t have great success with them, just make sure they don’t miss a watering, and if possible, find them a home in a spot with high humidity, like a bright bathroom!
Other ferns like the crispy wave can bounce back if they’ve gone a bit too dry. Leaves looking sallow and droopy? Give it a good watering and before long it’ll perk back up!
*Just like people, each plant is a unique living thing and may have varying needs, especially in their individual locations. These are basic guidelines that may have to be augmented slightly depending on the environment you place your plant in, as well as frequency and amount of water given.