Fern-Tastic: Natural Coolers & Air Purifiers

Fern-Tastic: Natural Coolers & Air Purifiers

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Ferns are Pteridophytes! The word signifies plants which produce spores & lack seeds or flowers. Ferns have been there since ancient times, they were there at the time of dinosaurs. Let’s skip too much of botany & chronology. Let’s focus on the beauty & benefits of the Ferns. Ferns are fantastic for removing common airborne pollutants — including formaldehyde, xylene, and toluene — which have been thought to cause headaches, trouble breathing, & the growth of cancerous cells. Ferns are very popular air purifying houseplants approved by NASA. Along with NASA University of Pennsylvania, the University of Georgia also conducted the research.

What’s wrong Indoors?

Although homes & offices look like they are the most comfortable places to be in, but to your surprise they contain lots of air pollutants. They have less oxygen content. Also they are usually drier due to lack of humidity. So, our seemingly pristine indoor environments contain very harmful volatile organic compounds, which usually have some sort of odor; benzene, usually from fabrics, plastics or cigarette smoke; or formaldehyde, found in upholstery, air fresheners, carpets, plywood’s, cleaners as well as some cosmetics. Formaldehyde can cause burning in the eyes& throat as well as nausea. In areas near high voltage or smog, ozone can be an additional pollutant. These pollutants have been linked with a number of adverse health conditions. Talking about indoor humidity, we would like to bring to your notice, that all that static shocks while touch the door knob, plus dry itchy skin, breathing issues, sinusitis & headaches are all related to dryness indoors. Plants are an indirect remedy for dry skin, usually a side effect of too much air conditioning. You can banish the all the symptoms by filling your house with beautiful houseplants.

Boston Ferns

Suitable for Table Top, Corners, Window sill, Office desk, Kitchen Area, Bathrooms, Living Rooms

Boston Fern (Nephrolepis exaltata Bostoniensis) is one that offers beauty and health benefits. These look astonishing bringing that tropical feel at your home. They look lovely in golden & green color both. So adding both of the ferns indoors will be awesome.

Boston ferns help reduce indoor pollutants. They are top most NASA recommended air purifying plants in NASA clean air study. These plants act as humidifiers & can help to restore moisture in the air so they are perfect for those who suffer from dry skin & other cold weather problems. Ferns improve the air quality of indoor environments by absorbing formaldehyde, benzene, trichloroethylene, xylene, and toluene & reducing peoples' exposure to nasty airborne chemicals in homes and offices. Grouped air purifying plants such as fern, spider plant, pothos, money plant, peace lily, syngoniums, snake plant, anthuriums etc are known to effectively clean the indoor air. If you have enough plants in a corner of your house or room, that part of the room will often be a bit more humid. When you have plants, you should care for them more during dry periods of winters. Misting does help those to function better & you having the satisfaction of enjoying lush, thriving plants. Ferns look extra interesting in bright coloured glossy Rolling Nature ceramic planters.

Common Names: Boston sword fern, wild Boston fern, Boston Fern, Boston Blue Bell Fern, tuber ladder fern, or fishbone fern.


Light: Although most ferns grow in moist shady places like forest floors, this does not mean that they need no light. Their normal situation in the wild is dappled light, & if the light level in the home is too low, you will see poor growth & yellowing fronds. Give your ferns a position near a window that gets morning or late afternoon sun, and keep the ferns away from strong sunlight, especially during the summer. Direct sunlight will make them lose their leaves or turn their fronds yellow or brown. They are sensitive to fluoridated water, so avoid using treated water for ferns. You can use tap water only letting it settle down for hrs. or use filtered water or RO water for long-lasting healthy ferns.

Humidity: Mist the leaves with water regularly. Ferns love being misted at regular intervals with tepid, soft water unless the humidity of the whole room is kept high through the use of a humidifier. Keep away from hot air drafts. Do not keep them outside in winters. They cannot tolerate too much of heat or cold.

Water: Most ferns like an evenly moist soil with regular watering. Allowing the soil to dry out between watering's stresses these plants. The potting mix should never be allowed to dry out much, which may mean watering the plant a little every single day is important. However, you can kill the plant with too much of water. So take care to not to water log it.

Tree Ferns

Suitable for Living Rooms, Lobby, Corridors

Bring your garden inside with elegant indoor plants. Tree ferns may start small, but they grow big over time, 6 feet or higher. We’ve been incorporating this plant into a lot of our green décor interior plant design projects. Rolling Nature provides Customized Green Décor Solutions for home, offices with all kinds of ready potted low maintenance indoors & outdoor plants. The tree fern creates a perfect tropical feel. There are various genus Dicksonia, Cibotium, Cyathea that are well known as tree ferns. Many ferns such as Ghost fern, cinnamon fern, lady fern, wood fern, Fortune’s hardy holly fern, & Japanese holly fern look so versatile.  Add color and interest to shady spots indoor & outdoor by including a generous helping of perennial ferns. They create a lot of curiosity. Their fronds are initially coiled into a fiddle-head or crozier. They look out of this world. Tree ferns are conspicuous plants of humid tropical forests around the world. They were diverse & relatively common during the succeeding Jurassic Period.


Light: Tree ferns require bright light to thrive. They should be protected from harsh, direct light, but you’ll want to place your plant somewhere in your home where it will get your brightest, filtered or indirect light to encourage growth.

Pruning: It’s common for the lower leaves of tree ferns to die back. You can safely prune these.

Feeding: Mature tree ferns are heavy feeders. If you have a large specimen, feed it every two weeks or so during the period of active growth (spring-summer) with a liquid fertilizer or organic manure.

Humidity: Mist the leaves with water regularly. Ferns love being misted at regular intervals with tepid, soft water unless the humidity of the whole room is kept high through the use of a humidifier.

Water: Tree ferns likes regular watering on schedule. The soil should remain moist most of the times.

This lush plant functions really well as a natural air humidifier. While it’s busy adding humidity to the environment it also does a great job eliminating formaldehyde. It’s large feathered ferns span as large as 5 feet and allow just a single plant to have a noticeable impact. We can, in fact, put the entire fern family in the spotlight. A real primal plant with primal powers. Ferns are one of the oldest plants on earth and is often found in fossils. Ferns do very well in a damp place in the house such as the kitchen or bathroom, providing there is daylight. You can let their air purifying qualities do their job.

Bird’s Nest Fern

One of the rare sight but yet so alluring. Bird Nest Fern is one wonderful species Asplenium Nidus. They are a striking addition to your home or office. A well grown bird nest fern would create lot of dramatic look in a well lit interiors.

These ferns are naturally epiphytic, meaning they grow on the surface of other plants. In their rainforest homes, they can be found growing high in the crooks of trees. They grow in a series of erect, spoon-shaped, and apple-colored fronds that rise from a central rosette. Healthy plants can have fronds up to three feet, but this is rare in most indoor situations. These are beautiful plants that require a bit of babying to reach their fullest potential. One of the most sought plant by our clients for centerpieces or corners indoors. The bird nest ferns captivating beauty is breathtaking. They grow well indoors & have very large leaf area, considering that they give ample oxygen & can take in more Carbon Dioxide & pollutants. They thus undergo lot of transpiration that maintains humidity well. They grow well in shade too. If you are caring for your bird's nest fern correctly, it can grow quite quickly & regularly. The new leaves will constantly emerge from the central area of the plant, you have to be careful not to damage the new leaves.


Light: Bright light without direct sunlight should be provided. However, providing some direct sunlight is great for the Bird's nest fern to grow well, but you need to only provide some morning or a small amount of pre-sunset.

Water: This is a fern species that loves its soil to remain moist at all times, but not soggy. Water around the edge of the center rosette to avoid the water becoming stagnant in the center, which may cause rot.

Humidity: Humidity may need to be improved if it becomes low & the plant is showing signs of being affected by dry air. You can improve the humidity by misting with a mister, standing the plant in a humidity tray, a tray of peat moss or use an electronic humidifier.

The delicate or leathery fronds of ferns provide a refreshing greenness wherever they are placed.  The beautiful ferns look perfect when mixed together, but they're also a wonderful choice to combine with other houseplants, especially larger-leafed varieties such as aglaonema, anthuriums, fiddle figs, areca or lady palms. Not sure of what to buy for yourself? Explore table top fern plants from Rolling Nature. Also if you are looking for any other varieties you can connect with us!

Author: Vandana Chaudhary

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