The Fluffy Ruffle Fern is a great plant for those who are looking for a smaller full, thick foliage fern. Its short 12″ fronds are stiffly upright with overlapping ruffled pinnae (leaflets), which create a fluffy appearance.
This easily identified plant is a great choice for 4″ to 6″ pots or small baskets.
The Fluffy Ruffle is a variety of Boston fern (Nephrolepsis exaltata). At maturity, the fern's fronds reach lengths of up to 3 feet. Like the Boston fern, ruffle fern is a classic indoor plant, especially prized because it thrives in relatively low light.
LOCATION & SOIL
Plant your Fluffy Ruffle fern in a container filled with equal parts garden soil, sand and peat moss. Use a container appropriately sized for the plant. Don't plant a small fern in a large container, as excess potting soil contains excess moisture that may cause the plant to rot. Ferns don't like soggy soil.
Place your fern where it is exposed to filtered or indirect sunlight. Near a window covered with a sheer curtain to filter the light, or a few feet away from a sunny window would be perfect and make your Fluffy Ruffle quite happy. Avoid placing the plant directly in front of a hot, sunny window, especially during summer. Your fern won't like too much heat or sun.
Place the Ruffle fern away from walls, as ferns require good air circulation. Don't crowd the ferns with other plants, as well avoid placing a hanging fern too near the ceiling, as the air is too warm and dry.
When watering, water your fern until water drips through the drainage hole, and then discard water remaining in the drainage saucer. Water only when the surface of the soil feels dry, as the soil should never be either soggy or bone dry. Water your Fluffy Ruffle fern with room temperature water. Did you know the fern is a tropical plant and cold water may damage the roots?
Fertilize your Fluffy Ruffle fern once every month between April and September, and once every other month during the remainder of the year.
This fern is a light feeder and too much fertilizer may damage it. Use a regular houseplant fertilizer sparingly, using a solution diluted to half strength, or use an organic fish emulsion fertilizer. Remember to always follow the directions on the fertilizer of your choice.
Dust the fronds occasionally to prevent dust buildup. Dust often attracts mites or other pests. Hold the fern over the sink and clean the fronds with a light spray, or hold the plant carefully and dip the fronds into a tub or sink. Remember: always use lukewarm water.