In the midst of the winter chill, when the world outside seems to slumber under a blanket of frost, there exists a botanical marvel that thrives in this serene coldness - the Frosty Fern. A captivating and delicate species, Frosty Ferns (also known as Selaginella kraussiana ‘Frosty’) add an ethereal touch to indoor spaces during the colder months. With their unique appearance and relatively low maintenance requirements, these ferns have become a favorite among plant enthusiasts seeking to bring a touch of winter charm indoors.
Understanding Frosty Ferns
Frosty Ferns belong to the Selaginella genus, characterized by their lacy foliage and intricate structure. Unlike typical ferns, Frosty Ferns are not true ferns but rather clubmosses, which gives them a distinctive appearance. Their delicate, needle-like leaves display a remarkable silvery-white coloration that resembles frost, hence the name “Frosty Fern.”
Frosty Ferns prefer indirect light or partial shade. Placing them near a window where they can receive filtered sunlight is ideal. Direct sunlight can scorch their delicate leaves, so it’s crucial to avoid exposing them to harsh rays.
Maintain evenly moist soil for Frosty Ferns, but do not allow them to sit in water. Water thoroughly when the top inch of soil feels dry to the touch. Mist the foliage occasionally to provide humidity, especially in drier indoor environments.
Temperature & Humidity
These ferns thrive in cooler temperatures, ideally between 60°F to 75°F (15°C to 24°C). They appreciate higher humidity levels, making them perfect candidates for bathrooms or kitchens where humidity tends to be higher. Using a pebble tray or a humidifier can also create a suitable environment for them.
Soil & Potting
Use a well-draining potting mix, preferably one designed for ferns or houseplants. A mix of peat moss, perlite, and coarse sand works well to ensure good drainage.
Pruning & Maintenance
Regularly remove any dead or browned foliage to encourage healthy growth. Trimming also helps to maintain their compact and attractive appearance.
Frosty Ferns are a wonderful addition to any indoor space, offering a touch of winter’s enchantment with their frost-like foliage. With their manageable care requirements and unique appearance, they provide a refreshing sight during the cold months. Incorporating these delicate beauties into your indoor garden can bring a sense of tranquility and elegance, allowing you to enjoy the magic of winter throughout the year.