Ferns forum: Surviving a mild winter and dry climate.

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Faridat
Oct 21, 2017 12:46 PM CST
Hello! I love ferns and I have some now indoors, planted in ceramic pots.
I spray them regularly (albeit with tap water). My sword ferns don't seem to take it good, now serious leaf loss, but some of their tips have dried out. My Boston ferns seem to be in much better condition, all their stems and babies are nice and green.
What can I do to add humidity to the environment and save the Sword ferns? I live in Europe, Greece, where the summer lasts 6 to 8 months a year and the winter is not so wintersome as in other countries.
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Robin Wall Kimmerer
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Name: Carly Rush
San Diego California (Zone 10a)
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carlysuko
Jan 18, 2018 11:46 AM CST
Hello,

I live in a very similar climate as yours. I find it is harder to keep sword ferns alive indoors than some other ferns such as Boston, lemmon button, maidenhair. Ferns do like bright but indirect light. What room do you have them in?

Also you may try putting a tray of pebbles underneath for added humidity. Also I have had good results with simply putting small rocks in the pot with the ferns so that when I mist the ferns the rocks stay wet and aid in humidity. You could also add more organic matter into their soil, mine really like that.

Hope that helps....

Carly
Name: Carly Rush
San Diego California (Zone 10a)
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carlysuko
Jan 18, 2018 11:48 AM CST
Oh forgot to mention inside in the winter if you ever turn your heater on...ferns HATE the heater. It makes the dryness of winter even more dry. I actually usually have to put mine outside while we use the winter, or sometimes just leave them out there for the winter.
Greece (Zone 10b)
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Faridat
Jan 18, 2018 2:38 PM CST
Thank you @CarlySuko! I have them in my living room, that faces south. It's not the coolest place to have ferns, I know, but I have protected them from getting overly heated, and keeping them in bright indirect light. The soil is not a fast draining one. But my Boston ferns have already died. The sword ferns I find that in my conditions are the easiest for me to maintain. I am spraying them each day. Gonna keep trying, thank you for the help! Smiling
In some Native languages the term for plants translates to "those who take care of us."
Robin Wall Kimmerer
Name: Carly Rush
San Diego California (Zone 10a)
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carlysuko
Jan 18, 2018 3:55 PM CST
Hi Faridat,

Your welcome! Good luck. Smiling

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