Wednesday, October 29, 2014

The Fluffy Ruffles fern

I believe this is a Fluffy Ruffles fern. It is definitely a hybrid of the Boston fern and this particular one will grow fronds up to 1 foot or 30 cm long. Several hybrids are available for sale and new ones show up on the market from time to time.  As its name suggests, it is fluffy and beautifully soft; a reminder that gentleness is strength.

This one lives with my sister and receives bright indirect light from windows on either side of the room. That is just about perfect light for ferns! Give them a good soak when they have dried out on the top of the soil and you have a recipe for success with ferns.

Ferns add a peaceful and graceful presence to any setting and are well worth appreciating.   The ferns have been living on the planet since dinosaur days!  The Nephrolepis exaltata or Boston fern, from which many hybrids have been made, naturally lives in the subtropics and tropics of the Western and Eastern hemispheres.

I often see a species of Nephrolepis when walking through the forests close to where I live.

  • Care Instructions--
  • Bright indirect light or some morning sun is perfect. Sitting in a north-facing window is ideal. 
  • Ferns must stay on the moist side so give them some water as soon as the top is dry. A plant in a 6" (15cm) pot should take about 1 pint (almost 1/2 liter) of water when necessary. 
  • Providing humidity for them can be very helpful. A daily misting is recommended, although the Nephrolepis usually adapts well to normal home humidity. 
  • Ferns prefer cooler temperatures
  • Fertilize regularly
**To see more indoor plants on this blog, click here: The Indoor Garden blog
***To view short video clips on plant care from my 90's TV series, click below:
  The Indoor Garden TV


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