Ferns, also known as Maidenhair, Boston and Bird’s Nest are cat-friendly plants we can grow at home. These plants can date back its origin some millions of years and have diversified their shapes. Its simple appearance can fit any room and add a natural accent.
Brief History of Ferns
The Dicksonia species, more commonly known as the fern, looks the same today as it did in the prehistoric age and since the beginning, the diversification of their form has been phenomenal. Ferns grow in many different habitats around the world.
They were at their height during the Carboniferous Period (the age of ferns) as they were the dominant part of the vegetation at that time. During this era, some fern like groups actually evolved seeds (the seed ferns) making up perhaps half of the fern like foliage in Carboniferous forests and much later giving rise to the flowering plants. Some have physical characteristics often associated with primeval swamps and primitive landscapes. There are thousands of species in the world today.
Some have physical characteristics often associated with primeval swamps and primitive landscapes. There are thousands of species in the world today.
There are a lot of species of tropical and subtropical ones, but there is a lot of them that are native to more temperate climate as well. They are pretty easy to grow if you provide them appropriate environment.
All ferns love moisture and should be given humid conditions. They also love being misted at regular intervals with tepid, soft water.
You will want to give your ferns a position near a window that gets morning or late afternoon sun. Always keep them away from the direct sunlight, which would cause them fronds yellow.
Bright bathroom or kitchen would be the ideal position to put them on since it has enough sunlight while you can keep the moisture relatively high in the house.
Hanging them from the ceiling makes a unique atmosphere in a room.
Putting them in a simple tin can makes a cool rustic addition.
As we have seen, ferns can be in any containers and make a great atmosphere around them. It might be amusing to think about how they did swing when dinosaurs passing by them when the wind blows!
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