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Relaxing in a lounge chair on the balcony in summer can turn into a holiday feeling in a class of its own when ferns decorate the balcony. You feel like you're in a jungle, except that the constant sweating doesn't happen thanks to the dizzy heights. But are ferns suitable for balconies at all?

Ferns should also be as shady as possible on the balcony

Specimens suitable for the balcony

Whether as a privacy screen or as a decorative element (especially in late autumn and winter) - especially wintergreen and evergreen ferns are popular for balconies. You should rather choose smaller varieties (max. 60 cm high). A tree fern is not suitable for the balcony. On the other hand, the following are suitable:

  • Polypody
  • maidenhair fern
  • font fern
  • Stag's Tongue Fern

South balconies are completely unsuitable

Most fern species are not made for hot south-facing balconies in summer. They prefer to stand in a semi-shady to shady place. North-facing balconies are therefore well suited. But also east and west balconies can be equipped with ferns. The exception is the spleen fern. He likes it sunny and dry.

It shouldn't be too drafty

Many balconies are at the mercy of the wind. Ferns don't like that. Therefore, they should not stand on the parapet. It is better to plant them in a bucket and place them against the sheltered wall of the house.

What soil should be used when planting?

The bucket should have a diameter between 30 and 40 cm and be deep. Plant your fern in loose soil. Other beneficial features of the earth include:

  • high humus content
  • medium nutrient content
  • easy to keep fresh to moist
  • acidic pH (especially for rib fern)

Caring for the fern on the balcony

Fern on the balcony needs regular watering. Stale tap water or rainwater is used for this. It should be lukewarm when watering. It is also helpful if the fern is sprayed with a water mist from time to time.

Furthermore, ferns in tubs should be supplied with fertilizer every 2 to 4 weeks during their growing season. Whether liquid fertilizer or long-term fertilizer in the form of sticks - the choice is yours.

tips and tricks

While the fronds are forming, the fern should not undergo a change in location. Also, the pot should not be rotated.

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