Updated: Jan 23, 2022
Ferns are such fun, resilient plants. They thrive in a variety of conditions, come in several different shapes and textures, and are easy to care for. We’re going to talk about some of our favorite ferns.
Bird’s Nest Fern
The bird’s nest is a quick growing fern. It loves humidity and prefers a moist, well-draining, slightly acidic soil. This fern does best with partial indirect sun, but keep it away from drafts and windy areas as this can cause the edges of the fronds to brown. Bird’s nest ferns are quite resilient to pests and disease, but keep a look out for scale. Scale can be treated with an insecticidal soap.
This is probably my favorite on the list! Foxtail ferns have a very whimsical look to them, with long puffy fronds. While it is not technically a fern, it does have similar needs to most ferns. They can strive in many light situations, but prefer some afternoon shade. They love lots of humidity, but a well-draining soil. Foxtails are easily propagated through the seeds or tubers. Check the center of the fern for yellowing fronds and make sure to cut them away. This will allow for optimal air flow.
Lemon Button Fern
Lemon buttons are cute, compact ferns. Button is the perfect name as that is exactly what the little leaflets look like. They are the most sensitive (on this list) to over-watering. Like most ferns, they love humidity and want moist, well-draining soil. They do best with filtered, indirect light.
Also known as wart fern, kangaroo ferns have a draping habit with broader leaves than typical ferns. Once established, they grow quite quickly. While they do prefer high humidity, they are sensitive to being misted as their broad leaves can harbor bacteria if left wet. They need bright, indirect light indoors or shade outdoors.
Kimberly Queen Fern
Kimberly Queens are the most versatile fern on this list. Their fronds form upright arches and can grow quite tall. They are very heavy drinkers and especially thrive when their fronds are misted. Kimberly queens thrive in the sun or shade, indoors or out. They don’t mind being root bound and do not need much fertilizer. This is probably the best starter fern!
-moist, well-draining soil
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