Houseplant Care Tips

Various Houseplant Care Tips Including Watering and Lighting Requirements.


Houseplant Care Tips

Thursday, July 03, 2008

Dallas Fern Care

Common Name: Dallas Fern
Scientific Name: Nephrolepis exaltata 'Dallasii'
Lighting: Moderate to Bright
Watering: Moderate to Heavy


The Dallas Fern is similar to the Boston Fern with exception is its more compact size and shape. Dallas Ferns fronds are typically shorter than its cousin the Boston Fern. Both ferns are usually quite easy to grow requiring low maintenance.


Dallas Ferns prefer moderate to bright indirect light. Too much direct light can burn the foliage. Keep in mind it is said that the Dallas Fern is more tolerant of lower light levels, so if you have a place that doesn't receive a lot of light, try it. This plant may do very well in lower light levels as well.


Aim to keep your Dallas Ferns' soil moist at all times, but don't allow it to sit in water. If you fern is not receiving enough water, the foliage may begin to lose its dark green color and appear faded. The Dallas variety it said to tolerate lower humidity levels, however a misting every couple of days will only help the plant.


Typically it is fine to give any of your plants a little houseplant food periodically. For ferns its a little different. Once a month feel free to use a water-soluble houseplant food with exception to the fall and winter months. During that time period, I'd just skip the fertilizer.

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