Easy Ferns To Grow
With our easy-to-grow native ferns, there's no reason not to have this lush green plant in your garden! Native ferns are an elegant addition to any landscape, but many homeowners avoid them because they're difficult to care for. They require high levels of humidity and shady conditions. We have created easy-to-grow native fern plant selections that thrive in the average home or office environment! Our NY Fern is so simple it's almost foolproof. Just mist the plant twice a day with water from your sink sprayer, place it in indirect sunlight and enjoy its beautiful fronds year round! You'll never have to worry about killing off this beautiful plant again!
Easy Ferns To Grow
Christmas Ferns, New York and Maidenhair Ferns are the Easiest To Grow
Learning to grow ferns indoors and outdoors is a fantastic way to enjoy having a green thumb at any time of the year. This article will teach you all need to know about growing the Christmas Fern, the New York Fern, and the Maidenhair Fern.
The Christmas Fern
The Christmas ferns, (Polystichum Acrostichoides) are a fern that grows in zones 3 through 9. This specific fern earns its name because some parts stay green all year round with dark green fronds (leaves) that reach an impressive three feet tall and up to 4 inches wide. Meaning, this beautiful plant brings color and life to the garden or lawn, while others lie dormant in the winter.
Growing Christmas Fern Outdoors
Growing outdoor Christmas Ferns demand very little time. They do best in an area with little shade or a completely shaded area, but they can also manage just fine getting a little bit of sun. This makes the placement of the fern so much easier than other traditional plants. Like many other outdoor types, these ferns thrive in moist, well-drained soil that is high in organic matter.
Note: Make sure to plant Christmas fern in the early spring after frosty weather is no longer a threat.
Place the plants 18 inches apart and deep enough that the roots won't overcrowd. After planting, make sure to add a 4-inch layer of bark, mulch, or pine needles to help the plants retain moisture and protect them from the elements.
Outdoor Christmas Fern Care
It is pretty easy to take care of the Christmas ferns. They should be watered once a week, or check them often to ensure the soil is consistently moist but be careful not to overwater them*. A light application of acidic granular fertilizer is applied around the base of the fern the second spring after the initial planting, then every year after.
*The first sign that any fern is overwatered is usually wilted or yellowing of the leaves
The New York Ferns
The New York ferns (Thelypteris Noveboracensis) are a wild-growing perennial native and found all through the Eastern United States. This plant's home is primarily in the forest and is seen along the banks of streams and rivers. As stated before, ferns love the water. Placing ferns where other plants in your garden won't thrive due to moisture is something to think about.
The New York fern has fronds that are a yellowish-green color and grow up to two feet tall. Twice divided, the leaflets give the New York fern a light and airy appearance and support toads as well as helps fill in gaps of woodland gardens where plants won't grow.
The New York Ferns Care
The care of the New York Ferns is about the same as the Christmas ferns, except that it thrives better outdoors. Once the placement is established in a naturally and exceptionally moist area, the New York Ferns will thrive. You can divide the roots to thin them out or spread the plants out further throughout the garden.
The Maidenhair Ferns
Maidenhair ferns (Adiantum spp)make beautiful additions to gardens with many shades and bright, indirect places near the home. Their color is a light gray-green, with feather-like foliage.
Growing Maidenhair Ferns
Growing Maidenhair Ferns, much like the other two, are pretty simple to grow. The North American native plant makes an outstanding addition to a group of plants or on its own. As long as the ground stays moist, make sure it stays well-drained and will thrive.
Names of other species of this plant are
- Southern Maidenhair
- Rosy Maidenhair
- Western Maidenhair
- Silver Dollar Maidenhair
- Northern Maidenhair