How to Nurture a Air Fern Indoors
Nurturing and caring for an air fern is quite a delicate task but one that pays off in years of enjoyment.
Step 1: Deciding on an Appropriate Place
Considering the air fern will be placed indoors, you'll need to carefully choose a location where it will thrive. Any plant requires a good balance of fresh air and some natural light to grow well and remain beautiful. This will also help to prolong its life and to enhance its look. Therefore, it is very important to make sure that it has good ventilation and adequate sunlight.
Step 2: The Pot
Another important factor is the way the air fern is potted. Choose a pot which is suitable for the type and size of the fern. The pot needs to be practical not simply decorative as it plays a very important role in the health of the plant. It also affects the way it grows and ultimately its life. The pot needs to provide the air fern with enough water. Hence the base and the height need to be taken into consideration to ensure that the plant receives enough water, but without causing it to sit for an extended time in the water it had just drained as this could be harmful especially if repeated day after day.
It is also necessary to have enough drainage holes in the pot. For water control you might want to place another slightly larger pot underneath the one that holds the fern. A plate will also work. This suggestion serves both practical and decorative purposes. Simply fill the outer plate or pot with rocks or any other decorative item you may wish. Then fill in some water over the decorations. This shallow amount of water serves to provide some humidity to the fern above which is known to cultivate its look as there will be more water in the surrounding air for it to absorb.
Step 3: Watering
Like any other plant an air fern needs to be watered regularly. However, this needs to be done at the right time and in the right amount. Usually it is best to touch the upper part of the soil and in case it feels dry, then water it. It is important not to overdo it with too little or too much water as both can be harmful. It is also helpful if you spray some water onto the leaves of the fern from time to time. High humidity is very important for ferns.
Step 4: Replanting
You may need to replant your fern from time to time. This is a process which helps you check and eliminate any dead roots.
Step 5: Fertilizing
Occasional fertilizing is important especially during growing stages; approximately you should not fertilize it more often than once a month. Ideally a liquid fertilizer is used and one which is specifically beneficial to an air fern.
These are some basic tips which can help you nurture an air fern indoors successfully.