Ferns For Moist Areas and Shade


Ferns can add a woodsy look to the home garden. They can look great in the background behind other shade-loving plants or standing alone with their graceful lacey fronds. They are remarkably trouble-free and easy to grow.


Ferns come in many different styles and sizes. Some are small, while others can get much taller. They come in a significant number of patterns and colors, which contributes to their beauty.


Like spreading plants? Although most people probably picture upright plants when they think about ferns, some are more like a ground cover. These would be planted more toward the front of a garden.


At plant nurseries, check the care card to see how deeply fern should be planted, the amount of sunlight it should receive, and watering tips. Check to see if the fern you select is hardy enough to tolerate the hot and cold temperatures in your area before taking it home.


Consider how tall the plant will grow when fully established. Shorter ferns might be best if you don’t have much space.


Think about the layout of your garden when getting ready to plant. Most ferns prefer partial to full shade. It shouldn’t be surprising since ferns grow widespread in tropical areas. Choose a location that offers dappled shade. Avoid the dense shade.


The soil where they are planted should be rich in organic matter. Add in compost or rotted manure if needed.


Prepare the soil by digging 6-12 inches deep. Remove any weeds, rocks, or roots. The hole should be broad and deep enough to hold the fern’s root ball ultimately.


When you are ready to plant the fern, loosen it from its pot. Gently loosen the root ball. It will help the growth of the root system. At this point, step back and check the look of the fern. Should the plant be moved to the right or left a little? That is the time to adjust the position.


Cover it generously with soil and use your hands or a garden tool to press it down around the fern.


Water thoroughly. Newly planted plants shouldn’t be allowed to dry out. Check it regularly for moistness throughout its first growing season. That will help it get successfully established.


Keep weeds in check by applying a layer of mulch around the fern. It might be shredded bark or a like substance.


Ferns can also be raised indoors. Keep them away from heat. Watch for signs of drying out. You can do this by touching the soil. Misting indoor ferns is another way to keep them from getting too dry. Don’t spray the foliage directly.


Most ferns are low-maintenance plants. They look great and don’t require a lot of care. Ferns can be enjoyed for years.