What is 'loamy, friable soil?

I want to grow some ferns this year but they all say ferns generally prefer "loamy, friable soil" and "moderately moist" or "slightly moist". I will have to purchase soil for them to grow in and find a way to keep them moist. Any ideas?

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  • 1 decade ago
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    Loam is a soil with roughly equal amounts of sand, silt, and clay particles. Loam does NOT refer to the amount of organic matter included. .

    Friable means easily crumbled. A loamy soil is usually friable by nature of its components. Clay is nutrient rich, but is sticky when wet or hard when dry. Sand is free draining, but doesn't hold nutrients. Silt has a plasticity similar to clay, but is made by erosion rather than weathering.

    As to growing ferns, have a shady or mostly shady spot. And, make sure the ferns get sufficient water if it doesn't rain.

  • 4 years ago

    Define Loamy

  • Anonymous
    4 years ago

    Friable Soil

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    5 years ago

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    Loamy soil is rich, friable (crumbly) soil with nearly equal parts of sand and silt, and somewhat less clay. The term is sometimes used imprecisely to mean earth or soil in general. Loam in subsoil receives varied minerals and amounts of clay by leaching (percolation) from the topsoil above. Alluvial soil is a soil deposit developed on floodplain and delta deposits.

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  • Irene
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    5 years ago

    Sedimentary soil is soil which got where it is by being moved by a river. Loamy soil is soil with a lot of loam in it.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    loamy soil is soil composed of particules of different size. Ie sand, silt and clay. I have two types ferns in my garden.

    Also if you use a sandy or silty soil it should stay moist in between waterings.

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    What is 'loamy, friable soil?

    I want to grow some ferns this year but they all say ferns generally prefer "loamy, friable soil" and "moderately moist" or "slightly moist". I will have to purchase soil for them to grow in and find a way to keep them moist. Any ideas?

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  • 1 decade ago

    It means soil with considerable amounts of broken up small bits of leaves, bark, sand, etc, just as would be found in a forest where ferns grow.

    Potted plant soil designed for ferns or african violets will work well. You can add some perlite and water-retaining gel to help the mixture stay moist (NOT wet).

    Placing the pot in a wider tray half filled with pebbles to evaporate water around it will create a mini ecosystem which is more humid. Keeping them shaded will also help, as will mulching around their roots if outdoors.

    Source(s): experience
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