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A great begin­ner plant, the Bos­ton fern even does well in­doors; sil­ver ferns make a hand­some ad­di­tion if you’re look­ing for height in your col­lec­tion; by mix­ing plant­ing heights, fern va­ri­eties, and other species, you can cul­ti­vate a dy­namic gar­den and a green ecosys­tem that makes the best of the wa­ter and space that you have; depend­ing on the plant, it takes some pa­tience to cul­ti­vate fern spores. Fac­tors to con­sider in­clude tem­per­a­ture con­trol, and hav­ing the right ster­ile equip­ment as well as peat moss; hang­ing fern bas­kets, colour and Span­ish moss paint a par­tic­u­larly pretty pic­ture; cre­ate a ‘jun­gle’ at­mos­phere with the clas­sic

(royal ci­botium).

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