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Growing tropical ferns indoors

Quick facts

  • Tropical ferns grow best indoors in medium light such as in an east-facing window or a few feet from a west or south-facing window.
  • Use room temperature or lukewarm water when watering.
  • Ferns need high humidity.
  • Fertilize only when the plants are actively putting on new growth, or if the foliage appears a paler green than normal.
  • Keep fern leaves clean.
Bright green fern foliage

There are many tropical ferns that you can grow in your home. Each one adds a beautiful display of foliage to your houseplant collection. With proper care, a fern is an easy-to-grow houseplant.

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Deborah Brown

Reviewed in 2018

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