April 01, 2023
By Maddy Hogan
Houseplant ferns have always been popular among plant lovers, with their delicate fronds and unique textures adding a touch of natural beauty to any indoor space. However, many plant parents are intimidated by these plants, as they are often seen as fickle and difficult to care for because without the proper environment ferns will suffer from brown or crispy edges and thinning fronds or leaves. We are going to explore why ferns are worth the effort, how to care for them, and how Riza will help you source the best and hardiest ferns to add to your collection based on your personal green thumb skills and environment.
One of the reasons that ferns can be intimidating to plant parents is that they have specific care requirements that can be challenging to meet in certain home environments. Unlike many houseplants, ferns prefer consistently moist soil and high humidity, which can be difficult to achieve in many indoor environments without over saturating the soil and creating a soggy environment. Overwatering a fern will create a soggy soil that can cause root rot, whereas underwatering a fern will cause the fronds to dry out and wither and the leaves to crisp and turn brown on the edges. Ferns prefer bright, indirect light, which can be a challenge depending on your lighting within your home or office space. The combination of wanting bright indirect light and a consistently moist, but never soggy, soil can present an opportunity for your fern to quickly show signs of stress and be deemed finicky. Overall, ferns are highly sensitive to light and temperature changes, but knowing their needs and maintaining consistency will help you achieve a happy and healthy fern.
Despite the fact that ferns are a more advanced houseplant that present these challenges, ferns are well worth the effort. They are natural air purifiers, helping to remove harmful chemicals from the air and improving indoor air quality. They also add a touch of natural beauty to any room, with their unique fronds and lush green foliage.
To care for your ferns and ensure that they thrive, there are a few key steps to keep in mind:
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Riza (noun); Greek for ‘Roots’. Riza’s mission is to connect people through plants. We handpick the highest quality plants, ceramics, and indoor garden supplies for our customers, and consider ourselves a hub for all things relating to indoor plants. Whether you want to connect more with nature, brighten up your living space, or learn about caring for your new indoor plant, we take the time to work with your skill level and environment to find the perfect piece of greenery.