Western Sword Ferns, Asparagus Ferns and Ostrich Ferns all have slightly different requirements but they do have one thing in common, they like to be misted.
Most ferns grow in humid, often damp conditions that experience a lot of rainfall. They are often kept quite moist and the ground that they live in will be moist as well. Basically speaking, they like things wet.
When you keep a fern in your home you run the risk of it becoming dry. The inside of most homes often experiences drier air than outside. Things such a heating units and radiators will also dry out the air causing your moisture loving plants like ferns to suffer.
To help combat this you can introduce gentle misting to your plant care. If you have the time mist your plants once a day or once every other day to help them retain more moisture on their fronds. If you can’t mist your fern every day then don’t worry, ferns can tolerate drier conditions, they just like it moist.
Another great way to add more humidity to the air is to place bowls and cups of water around your plants. Or to place your plants in pebble trays filled with water. As the water evaporates it will put more moisture into the air that will help your plants to thrive. If you really want to go all out then you can also consider buying a humidifier. Humidifiers make a huge difference with plant care. It used to be much more difficult to care for tropical and moisture loving plants if you lived in a drier area but now its easy for anyone to do and a big part of this is down to the introduction of humidifiers.
With these machines you can recreate humidity levels in your home that you would experience in the tropics. But don’t worry if you don’t want to buy a humidifier, a mister should work just fine for your ferns.
Here is another great article that you can read to improve your knowledge on ferns:
So do ferns like to be misted? This time we can answer yes!