With their elegant fronds and lush green coloring, the fountains are some of the most sought-after houseplants in the world. They’re some of the oldest plants on earth, too. They have also been hip throughout history—from the fern fever of the Victorian era to the plant craze of the 1970s to today’s houseplant boom.
There are a wide variety of ferns available for both indoor and outdoor gardens, and they are all relatively easy to look after. In general, ferns prefer filtered or bright indirect light, warm temperatures, moist but not soggy soil, and plenty of moisture. Here are some types of ferns that you can add to your houseplant collection.
Fabulous Types of Ferns To Grow At Home
01 Boston Fern
When you’re thinking of a fern, it probably comes to mind the bushy, feathery Boston variety. As a potting medium, they are fairly easygoing, preferring warm temperatures, bright indirect sun, and normal soil or pure sphagnum moss. They are powerful producers, so every year in the spring it’s a good idea to divide your Boston fern.
02 Maidenhair Fern
This delicate furnace is loved for its clouds of wispy leaves that turn from pink to green as they unfurl. But giving our maidenhair fern enough humidity can be a challenge. Group it with other moisture-loving specimens and use a moisturizing tray below the plant to boost moisture in the air. If humidity is not yet adequate, in a closed terrarium, you can try to grow small specimens.
03 Asparagus Fern
The name of this plant is a bit misleading, as it’s not actually a fountain. It is, however, related to asparagus, with delicate, lacy leaves that resemble the mature stage of the familiar vegetable. Sprenger’s asparagus furnace, or foxtail furnace, is particularly well suited to hanging baskets thanks to its lush, arching branches. As they can have thorny growths that can damage your fingers, it’s a great idea to wear protective gloves when handling these ferns.
04 Kangaroo Fern
The fringes of the Australian people are large and wide, not unlike their name’s feet, which are also known as kangaroo paw ferns. Kangaroo ferns also grow from fuzzy rhizomes, making them easy to divide into multiple plants or spread from rhizomes. Give them well-draining soil and plenty of warmth and humidity, and trim the dead fronds off the soil line as soon as you spot them.
05 Staghorn Fern
These striking specimens make a beautiful piece of living decoration for your gallery. As epiphytes absorb moisture and nutrients from the air rather than from the soil, cultivate them or plant them in a pot of sphagnum moss on a plaque or piece of wood. Staghorn ferns favor clear, indirect light and weekly water soak.
06 Rabbit’s Foot Fern
This sweet, curious fern is not called because of its fine, feathery fronds, but because of its rhizomes. These fuzzy growths, which reach out of the soil and drape over the edge of the pot, similar to the paws of a forest animal (alike varieties include the deer’s foot furnace and the squirrel’s foot furnace). This is due to their epiphytic growth habitat in their natural jungle habitat.
07 Bird’s Nest Fern
The bird’s nest fern, unlike many types of ferns, has long, smooth and lance-shaped fronds. Bright indirect light is better for this plant, as is the case with an eastern or north-sided window. The lighter that you give to it, the more it shrinks and curls – keep it a little farther away from your light source for straighter, smoother leaves. Be careful not to water the middle of the rosette of the plant, which can break the plant from within.
08 Button Fern
This fern is perfect for smaller spaces thanks to its compact size and fronds stuffed with fluffy, and leaves. Like all of the types of ferns on this list, the button fern is a perfect bathroom plant because of its moisture-like charm, which places it close to a window from the direct sun (east or north-facing is ideal).
These types of ferns are popular to green up our homes. Investing in these types of ferns is a great idea as they will bring you lush green fronds all year round and beautifying your garden more than you could think. Which types of ferns do you have in your houseplant collection? Besides ferns, there are a lot of houseplants you can add to your home. Share any houseplants in your home with us if you have.