Fern: How to Care +80 Ideas for Decorating Your Home

The fern has become a trend in interior decoration due to its exuberant appearance and the comforting, simple and natural effect that its presence adds to the environment. In addition, this plant adapts well to indoor environments and its maintenance can serve as a real therapy for the owner. Not that it’s difficult, but the feeling promoted by caring for a plant can help you relieve your everyday stress.

Therefore, many people are interested in knowing more about the maintenance of the fern and how to use it in the decoration of environments. And to answer these questions and help you to get to know this plant better, we have prepared this article full of tips for caring for and decorating the fern.

How to Care for Fern?

First, to take care of your fern you need to think about the location. Prefer to place the vase in an airy place, with direct or indirect lighting. Also, remember that this plant needs a warm environment with high humidity to thrive. Therefore, spray water a few times a day, place a container of water under the vase on the hottest days, and protect it from the cold and extremes in temperature. But be careful not to soak it.

Remember also to carry out monthly fertilization, with appropriate fertilizers for this plant, and to remove leaves, dry or diseased branches whenever possible. Also be aware of the appearance of caterpillars, mites or scale insects, and eliminate them as soon as possible, using simple techniques. This ensures that the plant will look beautiful and healthy.

How to plant Fern?

Until you get to plant the seedling, basically, you will need to follow the following steps.

  1. Choose the right vase. This plant can be planted in any pot as long as it does not draw moisture from the roots. Currently, ceramic vases, which must be waterproofed before use, and the cushion vase, which replaced the old tree fern fiber, are widely used.
  2. Prepare the land. This plant likes rich, moist soil. Therefore, it is important to use a Class a Soil Conditioner in this preparation, since this product is organic, rich in nutrients and organic matter, in addition to having a high water retention capacity.
  3. Prepare to drain the vessel. To drain, you can add a 5 cm layer of gravel, expanded clay, Styrofoam, pebbles or a piece of bedim blanket to the bottom of the pot.
  4. Do the planting. Add Class a Soil Conditioner throughout the pot, all the way to the rim. Then open a hole big enough to house the clod with the fern roots. Place the seedling and squeeze the soil around so that it is very firm. Afterwards, it is important to water the pot and, if necessary, complete the container with Soil Conditioner.

Types of fern

In the next topics we will introduce you to the fern varieties most used as ornamental plants in Brazil. Check it out below!

American fern

The American fern is one of the most sold ornamental plants in Brazil. It is characterized by its light green coloring and compact size, being widely used indoors and outdoors, both in vases and in suspended planters, provided that the place is protected by coverings, such as balconies, living rooms, terraces, among other rooms. After all, this variety is best developed in semi-shade or in an environment with indirect, diffuse lighting.

Image 1: This American fern received a prominent place due to the support for a suspended vase.

Room decorated with American fern.

Amazon fern

The Amazon fern has an Australian origin, but it can also be found in South America. This variety stands out for presenting broad and smooth arched leaves, which can reach a meter in length, a characteristic that has made it widely used on tall furniture or in suspended vases. This fern should be used in a location that has good lighting and mild sun.

Image 2: This room with minimalist decor and a green theme was decorated with an Amazon fern.

Modern room with Amazon fern.

Subway Fern

The metro fern draws attention for its lush and leafy look. After all, its leaves can reach up to 2 meters in length, which promotes a beautiful cascading effect. Therefore, this plant is widely used in suspended places, attached to rails or hooks, in order to highlight the fall of the leaves.

Image 3: The subway fern has an incredible effect on the decoration of this space.

Decor with underground fern.

São Paulo fern

The populist fern, also called paulistinha, is the most rustic of the ferns and can be planted directly in the ground, in half shade. This plant has a differentiated foliage, almost erect, reaching 40 cm in height. In addition, this fern is quite resistant to cold, although it also enjoys moisture and heat. It is widely used as lining, next to walls, vases and flower boxes, and it is also sold as a cutting plant, composing arrangements and bouquets.

Image 4: The fern vase from São Paulo adds color to this environment.

Decorated with paulistinha fern.

Portuguese lace fern

The Portuguese lace fern is native to the Fiji Islands, with Australian origin. It adapts well indoors, has a delicate appearance and, therefore, is one of the most used indoor plants. This plant grows well in semi-shade, in an environment with a weak air current, and it needs a lot of water and humidity, and should be watered every other day.

Image 5: The Portuguese lace fern can be used together with other plants to compose your decoration.

Bookcase decorated with Portuguese lace fern.

Hawaiian Fern

The Hawaiian fern, also called Hawaiian mini fern, Hawaiian mini fern, curly fern or Hawaiian fern, is a hybrid of Nephrolepsis exaltata (variety “Marisa”) and has become the most cultivated miniature fern in Brazil. After all, this is a great option for those with little time, since it requires less care.

This plant has a small size, being widely used in indoor decoration, such as in the small room , and should be placed in a semi-shade, ventilated place, protected from strong wind currents, and always kept moist. However, be careful when exposing this plant to the sun so that the light does not hit the leaves directly.

Image 6: The Hawaiian mini fern vase is delicate and charming to decorate any space.

Decorated with Hawaiian fern.

Deer horn

The deer antler fern gets its name because its adult leaves, which are thick, firm, wide and spaced, bifurcate, reminiscent of the appearance of deer antlers. Due to its exotic appearance, this is a plant with great ornamental value. In addition, it is very rustic, resistant to cold and should be grown on substrates for epiphytes, in semi-shade and with a lot of moisture.

Image 7: The pink vase enhances the beauty of the deer horn fern.

Deer horn fern.

French Lace Fern

The French lace fern stands out for presenting fine and very delicate leaves. This is a shade plant, but it should be placed in a place with plenty of light and ventilation. But be careful with direct exposure to the sun, which is not recommended, due to the delicacy of the leaves, which can be burned because of the incidence of light. In addition, the French lace fern needs more water than most ferns, can grow to a meter in height and last for more than 20 years.

Image 8: The French lace fern is perfect to be used in decorative vases.

Vase with French lace fern.


The Argentine fern is similar to the American fern, but has longer and thinner leaves. It thrives in places with good lighting, protected from strong sun and wind, which can cause young leaves to burn and moisture loss.

Image 9: The argentine fern draws attention in this luxurious bathroom.

Bathroom with argentine fern.

Jamaica fern

The Jamaican fern draws attention for presenting stiff and erect leaves, with an emerald green color. This plant must remain in half shade, which is why it is often used indoors. However, it needs a lot of light to stimulate new shoots.

Image 10: And you can even use a beautiful Jamaican fern vase to decorate your sideboard.

Cement pot with jamaica fern.

How to decorate?

You will be happy to discover that the fern is a very versatile plant in terms of decoration, due to its beauty and exuberance, as well as the form of care and cozy feeling it conveys. It can be used to decorate your living room or dining room, as well as the balcony, bathroom, kitchen, entrance hall and even laundry area. In addition, you can decorate the rooms with vases containing voluminous leaves and flower arrangements.

By the way, it is important to remember that the fern can also be used together with other plants, such as flowers, succulents and cactuses, to compose incredible decorations. So, don’t be afraid to use different plants in the decoration of the same room, since both the environment decorated only with ferns, and the decoration with a diversity of species, can be beautiful and cozy!

And remember to choose beautiful and decorated vases and holders to reinforce the exuberance of this plant, as well as its use as a decorative element. So, invest in vases decorated with cement, ceramics, and clay, cushions, in addition to supports, hanging cachepots, and chokedamp and even in the formation of vertical gardens.

+70 ideas for decorating your home with fern

Check out this selection of images that show how you can use the fern in various rooms, with different styles of decoration!

Image 11: Fern pots placed on the highest shelf add life and color to the room.

Model room with bookcase and white sofa.

Image 12: Plants can transform the look of your simple room.

Mimalistic room with plants.

Image 13: And you can still use the fern to decorate your reading and resting space.

Room with armchair and fern.

Image 14: In addition, you can use different types of plants to decorate the space.

Outdoor area with wooden table.

Image 15: The fern is a perfect plant to decorate your balcony.

Balcony decorated with fern and cactus.

Image 16: And you can still use two copies to decorate your room.

Room decorated with suspended fern.

Image 17: This large, modern room has gained a specially lit shelf to house plants and decorative objects.

Modern room with neutral colors.

Image 18: However, you can still use a mini fern to decorate your coffee table.

Coffee table decorated with arrangements and decorated vases.

Image 19: Use potted plants to decorate your book shelf.

Bookcase decorated with books and plants.

Image 20: A modern and colorful support reinforces the idea of ​​plants as decorative elements.

Modern blue holder for potted plants.

Image 21: But you can also set up a beautiful vertical garden with ferns.

Vertical garden with ferns.

Image 22: And you can still use a wall completely decorated with this plant.

Modern room with vertical garden with ferns.

Image 23: The suspended vase adds color and life to the simple environment.

Simple room with suspended fern pot.

Image 24: You can still place the vase on top of a piece of furniture.

Modern and minimalist living room.

Image 25: In this case, the fern is one of the plants that decorate this small and simple room.

Modern small room decorated with plant.s

Image 26: You can still use it in rack decoration.

Simple small room with plants.

Image 27: Another example of a small room decorated with various plant species.

Small and simple room decorated with plants.

Image 28: However, you can also use these plants to decorate your room.

Minimalist white bedroom.

Image 29: Place the fern along with other potted plants.

Decoration with hanging vases.

Image 30: In this modern project, ferns were used to decorate wooden shelves.

Modern and elegant room decorated with ferns.

Image 31: You can still use a stool or small table to support the vase.

Room decorated with fern vase.

Image 32: The decorated cement vase highlights the colors and fit of this fern.

Fern vase decoration.

Image 33: Use a vase to decorate the bookcase in your simple small room.

Small and simple room decorated with plants and gray wall.

Image 34: The suspended fern vase is widely used in the decoration of simple spaces.

Room decorated with suspended fern.

Image 35: The fern adds color and harmony to this simple dining room.

Simple and cozy dining room.

Image 36: But you can also use it to decorate your cabinet.

Display cabinet decorated with fern.

Image 37: In this project, the fern is a point of contrast in relation to the sober decoration used in the environment.

Modern dining room with round table, pink chairs and round mirror.

Image 38: However, you can also use this plant to decorate your kitchen.

Kitchen with green cabinets and ferns.

Picture 39: This dining room was decorated with various plant species.

Simple dining room decorated with plants.

Image 40: And you can still use this plant to compose your modern room.

Modern decor with fern.

Image 41: This wall with fern cushion pots makes the outdoor area even more beautiful.

Wall with hanging fern pots.

Image 42: You can use a rope holder and a decorated pot to plant your mini fern.

Decorated vase suspended with rope.

Image 43: The fern can also be used in the modern room with an industrial touch.

Modern room with exposed brick wall and paintings.

Image 44: And you can still use this plant in the decoration of your simple and feminine room.

Simple small room with plants and mirrors.

Image 45: Plants and paintings make an excellent combination for your room.

Decorated with pictures and plants.

Image 46: However, remember that you can also use ferns as decoration details.

Room decorated with ferns and paintings.

Image 47: Another simple room decorated with different species of plants.

Small room with neutral decor and plants.

Image 48: But you can also use a row of ferns to decorate a modern space.

Modern kitchen with geometric table.

Image 49: In this minimalist white room, it is the plants that make the environment more alive and colorful.

White minimalist room with ferns.

Image 50: A wall of ferns can transform the look of the living area.

Panel decoration of ferns.

Image 51: This plant can also be used to decorate your open kitchen.

Kitchen decorated with ferns.

Image 52: The fern is widely used in decorating environments with neutral colors.

Room decorated with fern.

Image 53: In this case, the plants were used to decorate a shelf in the American kitchen.

Open kitchen with exposed brick wall with ferns.

Image 54: And you can still use the famous channel barrel as a support for the vase.

Simple room decorated with fern and channel barrel.

Image 55: You can also use plants in office decoration.

Modern office decorated with plants.

Image 56: Also, you can use the fern in your bedroom decoration.

Modern bedroom with classic wardrobe and white brick wall.

Image 57: Plants complement the rustic look of this solid brick living room.

Simple room with exposed brick wall decorated with plants.

Image 58: You can still use potted plants to decorate your workspace.

Desk decorated with plants.

Image 59: In addition, you can use modern plant support.

Modern support for plants.

Image 60: In this modern room, the fern is also used as a point of color and contrast.

Modern living room with gray sofa and fern.

Image 61: But you can also use this plant to decorate the porch or the outside area of ​​the house.

Outdoor area decorated with ferns and white sofa.

Image 62: Plants are used as decorative elements in this simple room with a pallet sofa.

Modern small room with pallet sofa and plants.

Image 63: In this space with a predominance of black and gray elements, the ferns also draw attention.

Simple decoration with burnt cement wall and ferns.

Image 64: But you can also use plants to decorate the barbecue area.

Barbecue area decorated in shades of gray.

Image 65: Your decorated American kitchen can be even more beautiful with potted plants.

Modern American kitchen with paintings and gray brick tile.

Image 66: The ferns stand out against the wooden rack.

Small room decorated with wood paneling and suspended ferns.

Image 67: Plants also stand out in this small room with black and white decor.

Simple small room with white brick wall and black and white decor.

Image 68: Another example of a simple room decorated with different plant species.

Simple room decorated with plants.

Image 69: In addition, you can use the ferns to decorate your gourmet balcony.

Modern gourmet balcony with blue cabinets.

Image 70: Ferns stand out in the middle of this wooden panel.

Modern room with wood panel and ferns.

Image 71: You can still use a wooden panel to decorate your winter garden.

Vertical garden with ferns.

Image 72: Create space for your plants in the room.

Modern room decorated with plants.

Image 73: You can still use the fern to decorate the sideboard.

Sideboard decorated with fern.

Image 74: Another simple room decorated with various species of plants, including ferns, flowers and succulents.

Small and simple room decorated with plants and flower wall.

Image 75: This modern rack came to life and beauty due to the presence of plants.

Modern rack decorated with ferns.

Image 76: However, it’s important to remember that you can also use plants in your modern bathroom decor.

Modern bathroom with double sink and vertical garden.

Image 77: This simple room was also decorated with different types of plants.

Modern room with pallets and fern.

Image 78: You can still decorate your modern wooden bookcase.

Decorated wooden bookcase.

Image 79: Use ferns and orchids to compose a tropical vertical garden.

Vertical garden with ferns and orchids.

Image 80: And you can still use these plants in the decoration of the outdoor area.

Outdoor area decorated with ferns.

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