June Little Plant: Assorted Mini Fern
These adorable mini ferns make any terrarium or cloche into a miniature Jurassic paradise. Ferns evolved in temperate, high humidity climates on forest floors in dappled light. Ferns work great in bathrooms where there is naturally more humidity than other places in your home. They can even be left in low light rooms as long as they are occasionally moved to a higher light area. If you aren’t planting your fern in a terrarium of cloche a couple of basic tips can help keep your fern happy over time, like placing the pot on a tray of pebbles with a little bit of water to help increase the humidity, as well as regularly misting the foliage.
Ferns prefer dappled, indirect light, like a north facing window and they can be kept in very low light rooms as long as they are occasionally exposed to brighter light. If your fronds look brown and crispy, it might mean that your frond is getting too much light. If you are supplementing some light with a plant bulb, be sure to keep your fern a few feet from the light to avoid scalding the foliage. We reccomend these if you need a grow light bulb.
Ferns need consistent water and humidity, keeping the soil and foliage evenly moist by watering in small amounts a few times a week depending on the humidity of your home. Your mini-fern is a great edition to a terrarium or cloche where the glass will help trap humidity around the plant. You can also place the pot on a pebble lined tray with a little water in it (though not enough to touch the bottom of the pot) the help increases humidity around the plant. Placing your fern near a humidifier or misting the fronds regularly will also help keep your fern happy.
You can fertilize your fern monthly from April to September with a diluted organic house plant fertilizer or bacterial inoculant. Ferns don’t need to be fertilized during the winter unless they are actively growing. Avoid fertilizing your fern for a few months after transplanting it into a new container.
Long Term Care
Ferns will require repotting every few years. Repot in the spring before growing the ferns growing season fully begins. If your fern becomes overcrowded in it’s container you can divide it, being careful to keep as many leaves together and cutting in between the large, fleshy primary roots.
Berries of asparagus fern can be toxic to sensitive pet tummies.