Meet The Family: Boston Fern – Living That Jungle Bathroom Life

After the whole I killed My ZZ debacle I was completely disheartened and felt like a complete failure as a plant parent. Ironically that day I thought that a trip to a garden centre (and a piece of cake) would cheer me up. On our way to Carewswood Garden Centre, one of my favourite coffee and plant spots in Cork, we stopped by B&Q because I “needed soil”. Needless to say I left with two new plants and some pots.

With my “Meet The Family” series of posts I will be introducing you to my plants and tell you a little bit more about the story behind each plant. I will also attempt to share more about my plant care, and how the plant responds to the conditions in our apartment.

One of the plants I plopped into my cart that day is a Boston Fern. I have heard they tend to be harder to care for than other plants, but my other fern (still not sure what kind he is) is doing very well in our guest bathroom, so I figured why not get him a friend. 

Meet The Family: Mr Fern – Livening Up The Bathroom

Originally when I brought him home I put him in the windowsill in our guest bathroom, but it soon became too crowded. The South facing window is textured so it filters the light which seems to be exactly what my ferns need. After about three months I am very impressed with how much he has grown! I have since moved him into my shower because I just love having a jungle bathroom! I swap him out with my other fern in the windowsill so that they get enough light as well. 

He is in a well draining soil mix like most of my plants and I water him when the topsoil seems dry. My ferns all like to stay moist so I water them regularly and mist them once or twice a day. From what I’ve learnt from personal experience and from other plant parents is that the key to caring for a fern is moisture.

Ferns need a fair bit of light as well and they don’t particularly like being cold. Personally I haven’t been scared about possibly overwatering them, but I have definitely underwatered once or twice. You know what they say, before you head out the door in the morning you check that you have your phone and wallet and that you watered your ferns. 

This Boston Fern is one of my favourite plants. If you have a bathroom with a window and have a tendency to overwater your plants (like me) I can highly recommend getting a Boston Fern. 

Do you have plants in your shower? I would love to hear from you. Leave a reply by commenting below! If you have any questions, advice or requests for particular topics that you would like me to discuss please feel free to contact me here or pop me a DM on Instagram.

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