All About Ferns

Ferns are a great shade-loving plant that are a staple to any shade garden! Additionally, if you have minimal bright light in your home, some ferns make great houseplants! As for all ferns, it is vital to keep them well-watered and in a humid environment. Continue reading to learn all about ferns!

Bird’s Nest Fern

The Bird’s Nest Fern is known for its growth. New growth emerges from the crown of the plant (the center) and resembles a bird’s nest with eggs! This particular fern makes a great houseplant, as it can handle low light conditions. Be sure to keep humidity above 55% to prevent browning leaves.

Staghorn Fern

The Staghorn Fern is a unique fern, as it grows naturally in and on trees. These ferns use organic matter from the trees as soil. Plant hobbyists enjoy mounting these ferns to cedar boards and using them as decorative pieces on porches and decks. While they can handle low light situations, they prefer bright filtered light, much like the light they see while growing in the trees.

Tiger Fern

The Tiger Fern is a mutation from the well-known and loved Boston Fern! The Tiger Fern has yellow variegation on its fonds, while the Boston Fern does not. Similar to the Boston Fern, the Tiger Fern does not like full sun and should be used in the shade.

Heart Fern

Best known for its heart-like leaf shape, the Heart Fern requires water every day. The best way to ensure this fern stays watered is to use a saucer. Simply place a saucer underneath the pot and allow the plant to soak up the amount of water that it needs. Watering with this method will help you stay on top of the watering.

Asparagus Fern

Asparagus ferns work best in combination planters. This is due to their unique shape and texture. When planted with other various textures, it can make a huge impact on your combo planter.

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