Once you’ve unboxed your plant and unwrapped all of the elements, discard (or upcycle!) the packaging. Watch out for any dirt that may have loosened in shipment. Pro Tip: Prefer an even playing field? Gently shake the plant back and forth to level out any soil that shifted in the box.
Location, Location, Location
Tropical plants prefer a place where they can get that nice, bright, early morning light. Watch for harsh afternoon light, though, as it can cause the leaves to burn, stunting your plant's growth!
Humidity – they love it!!! Water your plant when the top portion (~ 1-2”) of the soil becomes dry. Allow the water to drain through the entire pot and don’t let your plant get “wet feet” (where it's sitting in water!), otherwise it will be prone to developing root rot. If you live in a colder climate, to increase humidity, put rocks underneath the plastic lining in your vessel. Do your best to keep the leaves clean by misting the leaves regularly so your plant stays happy.
Droopy leaves? That could mean a number of things - too much water or not enough time between waterings. But don't fret! Ferns (and many plants) are very resistant and can come back to life if you’ve overwatered. Just keep your new plant pal in a shaded area and let its soil dry out 1-2” deep so it can fully drain.
Browning leaves? This typically happens if your fern is getting too much direct sunlight in its current spot. The solution? Move the plant and make sure you're sticking to a regular watering schedule. Once it gets a few good drinks of water (over the course of a few weeks), your frond-y friend will be as good as new!