These beautiful, big, shaggy plants were huge in the 70’s, the bigger the bush the better back then. Without doubt there would have been anywhere between 1 to 50 of these beauties at your Gran’s place, sometimes perched next to the bowl of liquorice all sorts. We dropped off them a bit over the years due to their high maintenance reputation, but these delights are not as tricky to keep away from the graveyard as we may believe.
So! Here’s some top notch tips to keeping your ferns looking lovely and lush and how to style them in your adode:
- Find the right spot. Despite what some people think…these guys need a lot of light! A bright position that gets a the morning sun but not the blazing arvo beams is the best location.
- Watering. Be sure to keep the soil slightly damp AT ALL TIMES. They don’t like to dry out so make sure you either give your fern a small amount every day or a good drench once a week. They have a heavy root system so make sure they get a good soak all the way through.
- Humidity. Most of the fern species are tropical so they will appreciate being misted regularly or placed on a pebble tray inside the pot, topped up with water. Beware of heating vents in winter….they will end up very dry and crispy if copping direct air.
- Feed them. Feed them regularly with a fern appropriate fertiliser. We use Munash Soil Food and Foliage Spray every 2 months to keep them super green and lush.
Here are four ways to style our friend the fern.
1. SPRUCE YOUR SHELVES. Scatter ferns on your shelves for instant overhead jungly feels. Here, in my home, I’ve left them in their plastic growers pots to keep the weight down on my floating shelves and their fronds cover the pots anyway. Bonus.
Pic: My house ~ as featured in the Design Files Feature
2. POT IT UP. This is one of our favourite combo’s and one of our biggest sellers in my plant store. We love teaming ferns with our Angus & Celeste Raw Earth Planters. This combo is an absolute winner when height is required on a hallway console or end of a kitchen bench where you might normally have a vase and cut flowers.
3. TAKE A STAND. Popping ferns on a low table or plant stand allows us to really show off the true beauty of these beauties. Their pattern and texture from above are simply stunning! Sometimes we need a big hit of green in a corner where nothing else will fit or to add life amongst the furniture and hard edges in a lounge room.
4. HANG IT. If you have the right ceilings, tools and help to hang them then go for it! Ferns overhead create the most wonderful hit of green and add a feeling of calm and softness to any space. Giant ferns overhead….there’s no quicker or better way to create an indoor jungle.
So yes they are litttttle more high maintenance than other plants when it comes to their watering regime but if you’re ready to commit to the challenge then you will be rewarded ten fold!