Cotton candy ferns are popular for three main reasons. First, they are attractive plants that can be used in a variety of settings. Second, they are tolerant of a variety of conditions and can be grown outdoors in most parts of the country. Finally, they produce large numbers of offspring which makes them a good choice for those who want to cultivate a wide variety of plants.
Cotton Candy Fern – 4″ Pot
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Cotton candy ferns, also known as Christmas ferns, are lovely, easy-to-grow plants that make beautiful, long-lasting holiday decorations. Heres how to get started growing cotton candy ferns from seed and tips for keeping them healthy.
- The Christmas fern is also known as cotton candy fern or silvery dracaena.
- Prickly wire can be wrapped around the stems of this plant
- This traditional evergreen tolerates lower light levels than many flowering plants
- Many variations of cotton candy ferns are available
- There are many types of Christmas ferns
- -Both the Maidenhair and Sagittaria ferns can quickly get out of hand and may require a longer release period in order to break off into open gardens. Growing these ferns in pots will work best until they spread on their own.
- Can start home grown Christmas decorations 4-6 weeks before the holiday
- Do not need full sun to grow
- Need soil with good drainage, humid and moist conditions
- Keeps well over a month on average due to its roots being buried in moist soil
- Low-maintenance (meaning non-annual) plants that can be easily trimmed when flowering starts
- Wear gloves when handling cotton candy ferns to minimize the spread of spores
- Keep ferns away from sources of strong light, such as sunlight or a window
- Harvest wool twice a year, by cutting off the old stem in fall and new shoots in spring