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Indoor Horticulture HO 141 W Department of Horticulture Purdue University Cooperative Extension Service West Lafayette IN Ferns for Indoors B Rosie Lerner The many ferns we use as indoor plants occur naturally on the floor of tropical and sub tropical forests under dense canopies These same conditions must be reproduced in our homes for successful fern growth This publication discusses the basic ingredients for fern culture in the home cool room temperatures moist soil and indirect light Light Temperature Room temperatures which are comfortable for people are usually too warm for ferns Daytime temperatures for successful fern growth should not exceed 72AF Nighttime temperatures should be on the cool side below 60AF Humidity Low humidity around the home usually averaging 10 to 15 percent can be a problem for many tropical indoor plants Thirty percent humidity is about as low a level as a fern can tolerate Forty to 50 percent humidity is a more desirable range Symptoms of plant damage caused by low humidity include browning and drying of the tips of the leaves or fronds Also yellowing and dropping of interior leaves can mean that the atmosphere is too dry There are several methods for overcoming the low humidity problem One way is to add humidifiers to your home heating system or to buy a self contained electric humidifier Another way to raise humidity around your plants is to place potted plants in saucers or trays filled with gravel Then add water to the trays or saucers maintaining at least 1 4 inch of water at ail times The water that evaporates from the gravel surface will increase the humidity around your fern Double potting your fern is another method of raising humidity Place the potted fern inside another container perhaps a decorative pot and fill the area between the pot and the container with pea gravel or spaghnum moss Now Reviewed 5 01 keep the moss or gravel moist to humidify the plant Many people suggest that misting on a daily basis helps to raise



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