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Aurum66Aurum66 Posts: 65
I couldn’t resist this unlabelled fern in my local nursery. Can anybody identify it for me? I’ve been going through the internet without luck. I love ferns, but have never managed to look after an indoor one well so need to know how to make it happy. THANK YOU x


  • Most ferns prefer cool and and away from strong sun and enjoy a good soak every so often rather than a daily dribble . House atmosphere can tend to be dry ( particularly when you have the heating on ) so a misting every so often also helps.
    Is it a hardy one or a "house" one ( was it inside or outside at the nusery ? ) Altho you have new growth, the whole plant looks rather anaemic.
    Have you taken it out of the original pot and checked whether it would benefit from a fresh potting/feed ? That could be the reason it looks a bit rough. Does the pot have adequate drainage ?
    I'm sorry for asking all those questions but the more info you can give, the more likely you will be to receive some valid advice.
    As for not being able to resist, not many of us are strong willed enough to ignore a plant if we really fancy it ;)

  • Aurum66Aurum66 Posts: 65
    Hi Philippa
    yes relevant details are a must for any advice on anything!!! Thank you :)
    the roots are a good inch out of the bottom of the  pot! It was on a watering matt in their giant greenhouse...i was really careful removing it from the matt because I didn't want to rip all of those roots off. I'm sure it's a house plant and will keep it inside. I have lots of non-direct light here as the house is North facing..... I put several skylights in because it was so dark. I have a mister!!!
  • B3B3 Posts: 27,007
    Let him help to look after it too😉
    In London. Keen but lazy.
  • Aurum66Aurum66 Posts: 65
    B3 - fat chance!!! That mister calls all flowers daisies and never waters anything
  • It looks like one of the holly ferns. As others have said they don't like to be in full sun and they do need to have humid conditions. We have some in the shower room and they are misted every day during the summer.
    We often get "freebies" when we buy a plant from a garden centre and they just start to grow in the pot.
  • Aurum66Aurum66 Posts: 65
    I do love a hitchhiker/freebie! 
    So I'm re-potting with a free draining medium, giving it a regular mist and the occasional few drop of feed. Fingers crossed
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