As you wander our design campus in Bloomfield Hills you’ll notice an explosion of beautiful ferns. With varying leaves and care it can be hard to determine the best fern for your home. We are here to help! Start with this great informational guide to a few of our ferns and don’t be afraid to ask questions! We want to make sure you find the perfect fern for your home 🙂
Bird Nest Fern
With a reputation as the easiest fern to grow it is the perfect houseplant for beginning gardeners and plant enthusiasts. Place your potted fern where it is out of direct sun and away from drafts, which can scorch the fronds. Provide humidity and you’ll keep it healthy. The fronds are fragile, so place this fern where passersby won’t brush up against it. Repot young plants in spring, every couple years or when the roots fill the pot. Use a container with drainage holes to avoid over-watering.
Fox Tail Fern
It doesn’t get much better than easy to grow and beautiful foliage! The bright emerald fronds and intricate needle-like leaflets make it a great accent for plant for containers. Similar to its close relative, the asparagus fern, it is an invasive species and should be kept out of garden beds. Cut it back or divide it in spring to keep it under control.
As one of the most popular indoor ferns to grow, Maidenhair Ferns can live long lives as houseplants. Growing from rhizomes, that spread quickly just under the surface of the soil, it can reach a width of 24 in (60 cm) or more. You’ll enjoy many plants over time by propagating this fern. Somewhat difficult to grow, this tropical native demands high humidity which is not practical in most homes. Grows best in terrariums where humidity is kept at a high level. Drafts and dry air will cause leaflets to shrivel.
Slightly deceiving, the asparagus fern isn’t actually a fern but part of the lily family. The wispy green foliage is beautiful in cut arrangements and containers. As an invasive plant it is not meant to be planted in garden beds as it will take over. Mature plants will bloom in summer with small, white-to-pale pink flowers, sometimes followed by clusters of green berries that turn red in the winter. These berries are poisonous if eaten. Leaf drop is usually a symptom of too much sunlight — or, more likely — dry soil. Keep your asparagus fern where it’ll get filtered light. Water regularly, but take care not to over water. The plant’s thick, tuberous roots store water and soggy soil can cause root rot.
Rock Tassel Fern
This is a tropical evergreen fern with long stems and small leaves that are packed tightly together. It likes to grow in cool shaded areas and enjoys humid to damp conditions. The stems can grow up to 3 feet or more and hang with small needle like leaves all over making them great for hanging pots. They require coarse, well-drained soil, partial shade if grown outdoors, full light if grown indoors, good air flow and humidity.