Living in the woods has some advantages. I can have all the ferns I want without worrying that they might get too much sun. Below are a couple of my favorites.
Two of the ones that are native to Tennessee and have come up volunteer in my backyard are Christmas fern and Cinnamon fern. Christmas ferns look a lot like the Boston ferns that are houseplants but Christmas ferns will not be happy in the house. They need the cold winter and the humidity outside to thrive. Cinnamon ferns are the ones that unfurl in the spring and grow tall fronds that will turn orange in the fall if they get a little sun.
I don't fuss over any of my ferns. I apply a 14-14-14 timed release fertilizer in the spring, water when they are dry and pretty much forget them after that.
|Cinnamon Fern in spring|