Five of the Most Loved and Popular Ferns

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Ferns are found over much of the earth’s surface, in an astonishing variety of textures and colors. There are over 10,000 identified varieties, approximately 200 appear in the United States, many more are being discovered every year. Everyone loves ferns. They can be hanging in a basket like a Boston fern or placed on the floor like an Australian tree fern.  There is something about the laciness of the leaves and the wonderful way the fronds unfurl from a small bud. They are a plant that has been around since prehistoric times. Below are five of the most common.

1. Boston Ferns

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Boston ferns and related nephrolepis species are among the world’s most popular ferns. These plants make great specimen and hanging plants, and they’re not overly fussy.

2. Bird’s Nest Ferns

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Bird’s nest ferns are wonderful tropical plants that can thrive in the right conditions. Give them plenty of warmth and humidity, and not too much light, and some specimens will boast leaves up to three feet long.

3. Australian Tree Ferns

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Australian tree ferns can be imposing and even intimidating plants: in the wild, they grow up to 40 feet tall. In the home, however, these plants offer a striking and dramatic display that few other ferns can equal.

4. Staghorn Ferns

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Staghorn ferns have a devoted following of collectors who cherish these exotic and unusual epiphytes. Like many tropical houseplants, their reputation for difficulty is overstated, and staghorns can be trained to thrive in many indoor conditions.

5. Maidenhair Ferns

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Maidenhair ferns are delicate and small plants that thrive in shady and moist conditions. These are perfect under-bench plants for your sun room, or even good plants for a humid ledge in your bathroom.


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