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Heather's Helpful Hint

Ferns are Excellent Houseplants
February 14, 2013

Ferns are excellent houseplants for low light locations. They are strictly a foliage plant, but possess many varieties of color, texture, and habit. Foliage ranges in appearance from delicate and airy to dense and dramatic.

There are ferns with fuzzy rhizomes that reach out of the pot like little feet. Rabbit's Foot fern is just one such variety with very fine dark green foliage. An elegant bold textured group of ferns is the Bird's Nest fern with broader leaves and medium green color. Many varieties with different sized leaves add great interest to a room with little light.

Ferns prefer rich, organic potting soil with good drainage. Indirect light is important so ferns do well in a north or east facing window as they are likely to burn in the direct sunlight of a southern or western exposure. High humidity is especially important and varieties like Maidenhair, Staghorn, and Boston fern will suffer without adequate moisture. Misting regularly helps to increase humidity.

Overfeeding can be problematic. Once a month fertilizing at half strength is adequate. If you have not grown ferns before, start with Bird's Nest, Holly, Rabbit's Foot, or Brake ferns. As always, you can count on Waterloo Gardens to provide the help you need to get started. We have a great selection of ferns in our greenhouse and once you get started, you will want one of every variety!

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Main Line Gardens is a family-owned business that was established in 1981. More than just a full service garden center and nursery for professional landscaping and hardscaping, Main Line Gardens is an architect of beautiful, functional outdoor living spaces that provide a lifetime of enjoyment. The company's first priority and foremost goal is establishing long-term relationships with its customers by offering exceptional service and the highest quality products. This philosophy has defined its success for over 25 years and will continue for decades to follow. Main Line Gardens' experienced and professional staff takes customers all the way from design through installation, involving them every step of the way in the creation of their own outdoor landscaping paradise. Customers can choose from a full selection of plants, trees, shrubs, mulch and stones from the onsite full service nursery.

Please note that Main Line Gardens is not able to honor Waterloo Gardens gift cards/certificates, item exchanges or returns, broken or damaged items, etc. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.