How to Grow Ferns

Versatile and carefree, the sophisticated fern and its feather-like, lacy petals add elegance to flower arrangements and home interiors effortlessly. Ferns are strong and survive well in locations where many other plants cannot thrive. Ferns are long-lasting plants that require minimum effort to care for and are best in show when you grow them in hanging baskets, clay pots and wooden sections of a backyard or in a terrarium. Most people prefer to grow ferns because they are easy, available in an array of varieties and look very attractive in the shady parts of a garden landscape. Humidity, temperate conditions and generous watering are what ferns need to flourish. Ferns grow in soil rich in organic substance and should be moist most of the time. If you want to plant your fern in a container, use large size pots that have adequate drainage holes. Clay pots might be a better choice than plastic pots as plastic varieties are not as good at creating proper drainage. After planting ferns, apply water and make sure that water runs out through the drainage holes, keeping the soil moist. Avoid full sun locations and place your ferns in partial to full shaded area. Using sphagnum moss in your soil mix is a good idea. Once established, fertilize your fern plants once in a month with nitrogen-rich plant food.