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Holly fern doesn’t tolerate extreme cold, it survives moderately harsh winters with no problem. Although it grows in full shade, holly fern does just fine in partial, but not punishing sunlight.
Indoors, place the plant in bright, indirect light.
Holly fern likes moist, but not soggy, soil. During dry weather, give the plant about an inch (2.5 cm.) of water per week. Indoors, water the plant whenever the top of the soil feels slightly dry. Water deeply, then let the pot drain thoroughly. Avoid soggy soil, which may result in root rot.
Holly fern care involves periodic grooming. Trim the plant whenever it looks shaggy or overgrown. Don’t worry if holly fern drops its leaves during cold weather. As long as the plant doesn’t freeze, it will grow back in the spring.