Sword FernSunday, August 09, 2009
I have two pots of lush sword-shaped fronds ferns in my garden. One is light green with soft lacy fronds.
The other is apple-green with relatively tough fronds that drape gracefully down.
Sword fern is used as a common name for plants in the Nephrolepidaceae family. Although both ferns look different in their appearances, they have similar characteristics.
Firstly, they really enjoy the bright indirect sunlight at my front porch. Secondly, they like to have moist soil all the time, hence the need to water the plant daily.
As new fronds grow and mature, they will drape over older fronds beneath.
The older fronds will slowly turn brown and wither as they are not able to receive sunlight.
To keep the fern looking good, cut out dead/brown fronds which are at the bottom and as close to the base of the plant as possible.
To propagate sword fern, take a division of the roots and replant it in well-drained soil. Happy planting sword ferns!