How to Care for a Silver Ribbon Fern

Use these instructions to care for a Silver Ribbon Fern. This guide will tell you how to water your Silver Ribbon Fern, its light, temperature, and humidity preferences; and any additional care your plant might need to help it grow.


The Silver Ribbon Fern thrives in medium to bright indirect light. Avoid direct sunlight, as it will scorch the leaves.   


Because your Silver Ribbon Fern has a shallow root system, the top inch of soil should remain a bit moist When watering, make sure to water enough so that the soil is completely damp–not soggy–and flows from the bottom of the pot through the drainage holes. Never let water collect and puddle in the saucer, as that can lead to root rot  


The Silver Ribbon Fern will appreciate a bit of extra humidity.  Throughout the dryer times of the year, use a pebble tray and mist often.     


The ideal temperature for your Silver Ribbon Fern is between 55-75 degrees. If the temperature falls below 55 degrees, it will stop growing. Avoid drafts and direct air from heating and cooling vents.  


Use a general-purpose liquid houseplant fertilizer at half the recommended strength once every month during the spring and summer. There is no need to feed your plant in the winter, when growth naturally slows. Before applying any form of fertilizer make sure the soil is damp–never apply to dry soil.  


With a sharp pair of scissors or pruning shears, trim off the older, outer fronds of Silver Ribbon Fern if they become shabby-looking. This makes room for new fronds ready to unfurl from the many growing points on the rhizome.  


Silver Ribbon Ferns are non-toxic to humans and pets.