Ferns are an attractive addition to any home or office, however, these plants are delicate and sensitive to rough handling. Place ferns out of high-traffic areas where people might brush against them. Ferns prefer bright, indirect sunlight, and temperatures between 68 and 78 degrees Fahrenheit.
Ferns don't tolerate excessively wet soil. Choose a potting soil that's porous and allows excess water to drain. Plant ferns in containers that allow drainage, and remove and discard any excess water.
Ferns grow best when they receive a complete fertilizer developed for houseplants. Most ferns should be fertilized once each month from April through September, and every two months the rest of the year.
The Boston fern is a very popular plant that requires evenly moist soil. One easy way to increase humidity around a fern is to place the plant on a tray filled with pebbles and water. Don't allow the water level in the tray to reach the pot. The small amount of water that evaporates from the tray gives the fern some of the additional humidity necessary in Colorado homes.
When your fern outgrows its pot, divide it. Free the root ball and use a sharp, long-bladed knife to cut it into halves or quarters. Re-plant each division, then thoroughly water each one.
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Updated Tuesday, July 22, 2014