Sensitive, romantic and unpredictable: the paralysis that’s it. Seeing it grow in its natural habitat is rewarding, growing it in an apartment, on the other hand, is an ambitious and somewhat demanding project, but it can be done and it is worth it. Especially if you are looking for an ornamental type but able to purify the air from chemicals such as formaldehyde. The important thing is not to forget that the maintenance level is high: it is necessary to spray often on the leaves, it loves humid substrates but if they are too wet it gets sick, extreme heat is not good, even frost.
Substrate and humidity, the perfect recipe
To fully understand the needs of this indoor and outdoor plant, it is necessary to imagine it in its nest of origin, the shady environment of tropical undergrowth, squeezed between several plants and anchored to a humid substrate and often covered with moss, protected by the tall vegetation that dominates them, fed by a filtered brightness. The ingredients are those of a perfect recipe, not easy to match in an artificial environment such as the home. Easier in the garden, in the flower beds that remain in the shade, at the foot of small trees and tall shrubs.
Furnish with fern
Technically speaking, these are herbaceous plants without stems that develop with fronds that start directly from the ground, very flexible, more erect in the center and hanging outwards, and do not produce flowers. With the right conditions they can reach a length of one meter.
At home they are among the most popular species for decorating with plants and stand out if white dominates the scene, on shelves and shelves or in hanging containers, in the bathroom on a stool, in comfortable baskets that can be carried outside starting from the spring. They are essential plant essences in terrariums, precisely because a condensation similar to that of their native environment develops inside the glass jars.
Both outside and inside the home, it is important to put them in pots with drainage hole to allow excess water to drain, thanks also to a layer of expanded clay that we will put on the bottom of the container. Ferns suffer if the sun’s rays hit the leaves directly, which they show with a less intense color of the foliage, tending to yellow. However, they tolerate humidity very well, which is why they can be kept in bathroom, preferably illuminated during the day by natural light.
Boston fern, friend of the air
Inside of, the ideal temperature it should not be above 24 degrees and below 10 degrees. They multiply easily, dividing the mother clod in order to create tufts that can be repotted into multiple containers. The most common fern on the market is the Nephrolepsis exalted, also known as the ‘Boston fern’ (also known for its ability to purify the air), the most sought after is the Phlebodium ‘Blue Star’, as beautiful as it is delicate. Instead, among the species that require less care, the Asparagus Sprengeri.
In the photo gallery you will find ideas to interpret and some of the most common botanical names. If we are not skilled in cultivating such delicate species indoors, we can always use fabrics and prints that represent them, letting their eternal and mysterious charm contaminate the environment.
Sonia Santella green designer
Born in Rome, trained in Stockholm and around Europe. In addition to designing them, I love to tell about gardens in books and reportages. I live in the capital in a 1920s house, with a son and two dogs. The idea for a project comes out when you least expect it, but to realize it you need a good capacity for synthesis: before adding we choose what to remove. Garden or terrace, simplicity wins, the harmony of volumes, settings that express a choice of style. I have another passion, the facades of period houses, a real obsession. This is my site
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