Growing Ferns (Houseplants and Annuals)

Ferns are valuable for their graceful arching stems and foliage. They add fullness and texture to annual container collections and are popular in hanging baskets or containers indoors and out.

Light/Watering: Grow in partial shade and water when the top inch of soil is dry.

Fertilizer/Soil and pH: Use a soil-based potting mix and apply a balanced liquid fertilizer monthly throughout the growing season (April to September).

Pests/Diseases: If spider mites or aphids find your plant, treat with an insecticidal soap spray, such as Safer's.

Companions: Combine with flowering annuals such as Petunias, Lantana, and Verbena to provide a soft texture to a container collection.

End-of-Season Care: In all but the mildest winter climates (plants are hardy to Zone 9 [20°F]), bring plants indoors before frost and overwinter in bright indirect light in a cool room. Water sparingly in winter. Set back outdoors after the danger of frost has passed in spring.

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