Quick Guide to Growing a Button Fern
Ferns are one of the most popular types of indoor plants, and the button fern is a favorite for many because of its bright green color and ease of care. Like most fern plants, the button fern is fairly easy to grow and makes a beautiful addition to any garden – whether indoors or outside.
Button Fern Facts
Button ferns are common plants in the fern family, and they are popular because they grow quickly and are very pretty. Ferns are commonly used as hanging plants, since their narrow branches cascade nicely along the sides of the pot.
This type of fern has many of the same characteristics as other fern plants:
> Ferns are not too fussy about location, so they can be grown inside or out.
> Ferns can be planted in a large floor pot, a hanging pot or directly in the ground.
> Ferns have an abundance of attractive greenery, so they truly enhance a garden landscape of perk up any room in the house.
> Ferns require a minimum of care, so you don’t have to be an official green thumb to add a fern or two to your plant collection.
> Ferns do not need to be watered more than once or twice a week. Always check the soil to see if it is damp before watering. Only water your plants when they feel dry to the touch.
> Ferns also make great gifts, because they are pleasing to look at and do not become a burden to their new owner. It is also a nice touch to give a live plant as a gift instead of flowers that will die soon anyway. A fern will continue to thrive, so it is like a gift that keeps on giving.
Planting a Button Fern
As with any plant, you want to make sure to place your ferns in a location that will keep them hearty and healthy. Ferns are quite agreeable when it comes to location. Although they should not be planted in a windowless room, they do not need large amounts of direct sun to blossom and thrive. And they actually do quite well in offices, where they are mostly exposed to fluorescent or other types of unnatural light.
Whether you are planting a fern in an outdoor landscape or in pots inside or out, always use a good potting soil. Most garden centers sell potting soil that will work just fine for planting ferns. Good potting soil is important because it contains nutrients that are imperative to the health of a new plant. The nutrients in the soil feed the plant’s root and help it to become anchored in place and begin to develop a strong root system in its new location.
When transplanting a fern that has been purchased from your local garden center, it is not uncommon to find the roots tangled up very tightly in what is known as a root ball. As you transplant the fern from the original pot to its permanent location, gently shake out the roots so that they will have room to feed and grow in the new planting location. Be careful not to damage the roots, and try not to handle them excessively. Simply shake them gently to allow them to spread out. Then place the roots deeply into the new potting soil and add additional soil until it reached the bottom of the plant. The soil can be patted down a bit, so it is not too loose around the roots and the fern can stand up on its own.