It likes bright light but not full sun
Pick a bright but shady spot out of the direct rays of the sun. If it doesn't like its position, its leaves will yellow in protest. It may take some moving around to find the perfect place. It’s best at a height.
It likes its soil moist but not soggy
The best way to water it is to give it a generous watering until water runs out of the drainage hole of the pot. Discard any drained water because the plant doesn't like wet feet, and this can cause root rot. Allow the top layer of the soil to dry out between waterings to make sure it does not get overwatered.
Poke your finger into the soil to test its moisture level. If the top few inches of the soil are dry to the touch, then it is safe to proceed with watering, but if you can feel moisture, then you should wait before watering the plant again. The aim is to keep the lower level of soil moist but not soggy. It’s a bit of experimenting to get to the right balance but don’t worry, you’ll get it after a bit of trial and error.
Start with roughly 3 times a week. More in the hot, summer months, less in the monsoon and cooler seasons.
PS. Take it to the sink for a shower so its leaves get wet. It will love you for that little retreat!
Spa day, once a month
1. Shake your fern to get rid of dead leaves gently stroking between its fronds. Clean out dead leaves stuck at the bottom.
2. Pruning is necessary for healthy growth. Find the base of brown, leggy fronds and cut them off. The more you prune away dead leaves, the more energy the fern has to put into new growth.
3.Clean up any fuzzy, white mould that’s on top of the soil. That stuff is probably harmless fungi that lives in the soil but clean it out anyway.
4. Prick holes into the soil with a chopstick or pencil and water into them so the soil gets nicely massaged. Add vitamins and massage again.
5. Spritz its leaves with water. Pro tip: take it with you into the shower one morning and let it bathe!
6. Spin it around to make sure its leaves are sunned evenly.
7. Clean the cork mat with a damp cloth and a little soap.
Mist its leaves as often as you can
Spritz your fern as often as possible. It adores that Carribean humidity.
Why is my Havana Fern browning?
Tropical Ferns are sensitive to direct sunlight so it may be a case of a change in position to a cooler shadier spot. Or it could be telling you it needs a little more water.