What Type of Fern is the easiest to maintain?


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Throughout the winter, I can usually maintain all my houseplants but my ferns. They never truly die, like a wandering Jew, but they guzzle water like mad the heat I have to keep them makes them look like they're dying. They're getting ample sunlight even in the winter, plenty of water (but not overdrowning, I'm cautious on that end). I don't get why they continually go down.

Which fern do you find the easiest to maintain in an indoor environment? And what temps and how often do you feed it? Do you use and nutrient rich soils?
 
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When I was a teenager, I had a miniature fern. It was very easy to grow! I didn't feed it, because back then I had no idea that plants need a fertilizer;) As for watering, I kept forgetting about it. Yet, the fern was always very healthy.
 
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Thanks for your information and links to how to care for it, I was missing a couple essential steps and that's why they kept dying on me over and over. I think I'll be able to properly maintain them this season. :D
 

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Misting the fern to keep it moist is something that has to be done to keep the plant healthy or keep it in a room that has lots of mositure like the bathroom. I have a small fern that needs to be repotted and some more moisture in the air. Ferns are so pretty when they are large and have that deep green color. I like to have the plants outside as well as inside.
 
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That is were I usually keep mine. The moisture from the shower alone helps a great deal with ferns. And if you have a great light source (like a window) they really thrive.
 
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I keep mine on a porch, but they have their own heaters so I can maintain the constant temperature in the room. They hang, and I mist them constantly to keep the sheen on the leaves. However, I was not repotting them nearly as frequently as I should have and I think that rot may or may not be the culprit. I'm starting to form better opinions.

I know I didn't kill it with water, though, because they drink like a sieve. The water just gets gulped right up.
 
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What i like most about staghorn ferns is when they drop a leaf its big.
when the leaf hits the floor you crumble it up and tuck it back into the plant,

 
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My favorite fern is the golden button fern. It is a small fern takes my overwatering and makes lots of little baby ferns to give away or refresh your pot. Seems I am dividing every year so they only get new nutrients with the new potting soil. My stag horns get so big I have to rehome them after a few years. I have one now that is beginning to encroach on the hallway in the breezeway. The golden button ferns are small enough to sit on a window sill or in a pot that doesn't cover up the entire table top. I also have many young fishtail ferns that sprouted in a pot with another house plant. I know they get quite large, but when they do I put them outside in the woodland garden.


This is the golden button fern.
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I used to have Boston Ferns but they tend to turn into a piece of furniture since they get so large over time. My tastes chage over time and have more small hanging succulents and cactus now.
 
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I've been more aimed on Cacti myself and smaller shrubs since my living space has dwindled from a two story home with a porch to an apartment with two rooms. I'm thinking of ditching the ones that are larger or giving them to another greenie I know.
 
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I've been more aimed on Cacti myself and smaller shrubs since my living space has dwindled from a two story home with a porch to an apartment with two rooms. I'm thinking of ditching the ones that are larger or giving them to another greenie I know.
Yes, I love my rat tail, drunkard's and mistletoe cactus. They are all slower to grow and have thin long hanging 'branches'. Tiny plants for a small space. ;)
 
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I have a very old "Christmas" Cactus that my grandmother tended to. It still produces flowers around the xmas time on the normal average and lightens up the environment. It's also relatively easy to maintain, being in a glass case with rocks and sand. Just gotta watch out for that POKE!
 
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What i like most about staghorn ferns is when they drop a leaf its big.
when the leaf hits the floor you crumble it up and tuck it back into the plant,

Very beautiful, and very big. LOL

Just a little FYI for everyone.... your typical wild fern shoots make an amazingly delicious vegetable. My mother used to pick them every year by the bag fulls in Georgia. I love the stuff. Here is a quick way to prepare it that I know of. Trust me... if you have not tried it, you should. I know a lot of recipes for wild vegetables that you have growing in your yards (most of which you may think are weeds) that are amazing and better for you then the vegetables then you buy at the grocery store.

Here is the recipe for the fern shoots.

Boil in salted water (the water level should be 3 inches past your wrist, I am not sure of the measurement. After finished boiling (about 10 to 15 minutes hard boil) add 1/4 cup soy sauce (add more if you like), 1 teaspoon of sesame oil and 1/2 sesame seeds. If you like it spicy add either hot pepper flakes or sauce. I usually eat this rice. I personally like it way better cold, but some people like it hot. You have to decide for yourself on that one. Enjoy!


 
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Whoa, that's pretty insightful. Thank you for that, I never even thought of the wealth of abundance that could just be out there in considered "weeds"
 
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I think I will start a thread on this and post pictures of the different edible weeds that I know of and see if others know of any to add. You will be amazed at how many things you see as a nuisance and yank out are actually stuff you can eat that is better for you then half the vegetables that you buy from the store.
 
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My favorite is the sword fern. As a native of the Northwest these babies are everywhere. They're pretty hardy as long as they're well drained, got slightly acidic soil and can handle light amounts of fertilizer.
 

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