Fern Plant

Fern Plant Buying & Care Guide

Step into a world of lush greenery with fern plants - a perfect blend of elegance and low-maintenance charm. In this guide, we invite you to embrace the verdant allure of ferns, enhancing your indoor oasis effortlessly. 

Ferns are not just plants; they are living art that brings a myriad of benefits. Experience increased humidity, toxin removal, and air purification as these botanical wonders breathe life into your surroundings. Their pet-friendly nature, aesthetic appeal (especially when suspended in hanging planters), and ease of care make them an ideal addition to any space.
Discover the diverse array of fern varieties available at Lively Root. With its unique charm and distinctive features, each fern promises to transform your environment into a tranquil haven.  There’s a fern for every style and preference, from the classic Boston Fern to the Maidenhair Fern.

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Get the Right Type of Fern Plant for Your Indoor Space

Immerse yourself in the captivating beauty of live fern plants, a testament to Nature’s grace. These verdant wonders boast delicate fronds that cascade elegantly, making them the perfect addition to hanging planters or suspended displays.

Beyond their aesthetic charm, ferns are known for their versatility and adaptability, thriving in various environments while remaining generally pet-friendly plants. Let’s delve into a few examples of the exquisite fern plant varieties awaiting you in our Ferns collection.  

Fern Asparagus 

  • Distinct characteristics: The Fern Asparagus (Asparagus densiflorus 'Sprengeri') is a variable, evergreen-perennial plant related to the cultivated, edible asparagus. It can be an erect herb, climber, or shrub. It boasts spineless, wiry stems with leaf-like cladodes (modified stems) and spirally arranged branches. Insignificant white or pinkish flowers may appear on mature plants that receive enough light from spring into fall. These flowers later develop into berries.  
  • Plant’s needs: This plant will thrive in good light when planted indoors, but keep it out of  direct bright sunlight. This fern enjoys a temperature of 70-80, but not below 55. Mist the plant daily to provide enough humidity.    
  • Level of care: Easy 
  • Pet-friendliness: Toxic to touch 

Moonlight Fern 

  • Distinct characteristics: The Moonlight Fern (Pteris cretica) has thin green leaflets with serrated margins that resemble a palm leaf. It is a clump-forming plant that produces wiry thread-like stalks from small rhizomes in the soil. The stalks have pinnate leaflets in rows.  
  • Plant’s needs: To mimic this plant's natural environment, you should give it plenty of bright, indirect light in the home. Avoid direct sunlight to prevent scorching the delicate fronds. To thrive, this fern needs consistent, even moisture, so regularly top it up with water. It’s a fairly hardy plant so that it can tolerate lower temperatures but requires a minimum humidity of 50%.   
  • Level of care: Easy 
  • Pet-friendliness: Safe for pets

Bird’s Nest Fern

  • Distinct characteristics: The glossy, bright green fronds of the Bird’s Nest Fern (Asplenium nidus) are reminiscent of a ruffled skirt. However, the name comes from the new fronds that resemble bird eggs as they emerge. It is a tropical, evergreen, perennial epiphyte native to Hawaii and the Pacific Basin.
  • Plant’s needs: Situate your Bird’s Nest Fern, where it will get plenty of medium indirect light, as direct light can burn its fragile leaves. Never let your fern completely dry out; it will also appreciate ample humidity. 
  • Level of care: Easy 
  • Pet-friendliness: Safe for pets

Black Rabbit Foot Fern

  • Distinct characteristics: The Rabbit’s Foot Fern (Davallia fejeensis) possesses striking characteristics that set it apart. Its furry rhizomes resemble rabbit’s feet, hence the name. Delicate, lacy green fronds emerge vertically from the rhizomes, giving this plant a distinctive appearance. This fern has a low-spreading growth habit that lends itself well to potted and hanging plants alike.   
  • Plant’s needs: Rabbit’s Foot ferns grow best in bright, indirect sunlight. Near an east or west-facing window is an ideal location for this indoor plant. Outdoors, this beauty needs shade, so beneath trees or a covered porch is perfect. Keep the soil consistently moist, but don’t overwater. 
  • Level of care: Easy 
  • Pet-friendliness: Safe for pets

Indoor Fern Plants: Care & Maintenance Tips

Fern plant care

Unveil the secrets to fostering healthy and vibrant ferns to ensure they thrive as cherished companions in your home. 

Watering Your Ferns

Ferns thrive in consistently moist soil. Keep the soil evenly damp, ensuring it never dries out completely. Watering from the bottom or misting helps maintain the preferred humidity levels.

Lighting Requirements

Position your ferns in indirect or filtered light, as they prefer low to medium light conditions. Avoid exposing them to direct sunlight, which can scorch their delicate fronds. 

Choosing the Right Soil

Ferns prefer well-draining, rich, and slightly acidic soil. A mix of peat moss, perlite, and pine bark provides an ideal growing medium. Regularly inspect the soil to prevent compaction. 

Repotting Ferns

Consider repotting your fern every few years or when you notice overcrowded roots. Use fresh, nutrient-rich soil, and choose a container with drainage holes to prevent waterlogging.

Feeding Your Ferns

Feed your ferns with a balanced liquid fertilizer diluted to half strength every 4-6 weeks during the growing season (spring and summer). This ensures they receive essential nutrients for healthy growth. 

Winterizing Outdoor Ferns

If your ferns spend the summer outdoors as porch plants, bring them indoors before the first frost. Inspect for pests, trim dead fronts, and place them in a suitable indoor location. 

Common Issues with Ferns

  • Dry soil: Ferns are sensitive to dry conditions, so maintain consistent soil moisture.
  • Yellowing fronds: This may indicate overwatering or insufficient light. Adjust watering and relocate the fern to a suitable light source.

Improve Your Living Space With Attractive Live Ferns for Sale

Enrich your living space with the timeless allure of ferns, where every frond tells a tale of elegance. If you’re wondering where to buy ferns, Lively Roots presents a curated collection of live ferns for sale, ready to transform your home or office into a green sanctuary. 

Whether adorning your bathroom or decorating your front door with ferns suspended in graceful hanging planters, these easy-care plants are the epitome of botanical charm. 

Embrace the joy of low-maintenance greenery, making ferns an ideal plant gift that keeps on giving. Elevate your surroundings, invite nature inside, and discover the enduring beauty of live ferns with Lively Roots!

Transform Your Space by Choosing a Fern That Speaks to You!