Moderate Water Needs Kidney Fern requires a moderate amount of water. You will want to allow the top few inches of soil dry in between waterings. As a general rule of thumb, depending on where you have planted and how much light your Kidney Fern receives, you may need to water once a week.
Growing Indoors If you are growing indoors or in a container, you can always check the moisture of the soil by using your thum or finger. Stick it in the soil -- if it is dry, then you will likely want to water your Kidney Fern.
Pot selection is also important to keep your Kidney Fern from getting too wet. It is important to select a pot with plenty of drainage holes as this will allow excess water to train out of the pot rather than to just sit on the bottom. Drainage holes also allow air to get into the soil from the bottom of the pot. Using a terracotta pot or another type of pot made of a permeable material can also help keepKidney Fern from getting too wet. Terracotta and other similar materials allow water to wick away from the soil faster than they would in a plastic pot.
Growing Outdoors If you are growing Kidney Fern outdoors, the amount of light your plant is receiving is key to determining how often to water your plant. Plants that require moderate water, generally do best if they can get some respite from the sun during the day as it can dry out the soil fairly quickly. If you have planted in a sunny area, you will likely need to water this plant more often than if it is planted in a shady area. The type of soil you plant in is also important. Sandy and loamy soils tend to dry out much quicker. You can always amend soil with organic material such as peat moss or compost to encourage moisture retention.
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Kidney Fern can tolerate and grow in low light and shady areas which means it prefers about 2 hours of diffused natural light. Remember, low light does not mean NO light! All plants need light to survive, some more than others.
When plants like Kidney Fern grow in low light or shady areas, you will want to avoid exposing them to direct sunlight unless direct sun is specified as a light need for the plant. In which case it can tolerate a wide range of low light to direct sun conditions and is very forgiving!
If growing outdoors, you will want to plant Kidney Fern in a shady area.Kidney Fern is a great option for shade gardens or underneath trees or near fence lines that provide cover from bright sunlight.
If growing indoors, you can grow this type of plant in a lot of
different areas of your house. The only thing to keep in mind is
that you'll want to avoid direct sunlight (unless specified) for Kidney Fern. This means if you are growing near a South-facing
window, make sure to place it a few feet away from the window.
South-facing windows receive the most amount of bright, indirect
and direct light a day. Eastern-facing windows receive light in
the morning and afternoon shade, while West-facing windows receive
sun in the afternoon. North-facing windows receive the least
amount of light and would be great candidates for where to place
you Kidney Fern
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