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Most Beautiful Ferns for Your Containers

Gardens - Do you like tropical plants and gardens? Do you desire the oasis look? Or do you want to decorate with exotic plants? If the answer is yes, then you are going to love our exotic fern plants. 

Ferns are the most exotic looking plants around. They add drama and class to any room you put them in. Ferns are not just for the jungle look, though. You can use them in your indoor gardens as well as outdoor gardens. They are often used in floral arrangements and tropical themed gardens.

Most Beautiful Ferns for Your Containers

Ferns are easy to care for. They do not need much water, and they can thrive in a room with low light. The only thing they really require is moderate indirect light.

Foxtail Fern

Botanical Name: Asparagus densiflorus

Asparagus densiflorus is a composite species; the genus Asparagus and the species Asparagus densiflorus belong to the same family, the lily family. Its species name means “hairy leaf”.

The plat’s leaves are narrow, grass-like, and stiff. They appear hairy, but are actually covered with tiny scales that are reddish-brown and smooth. The plat is clump-forming, and grows from 1 foot to 6 feet tall. Its stems are smooth and red-brown, and hold up narrow, broadly triangular, dark green, feathery leaves.

The plat grows in full sun to part shade in rich, moist, sandy to clay soil. It can tolerate light shade, but grows best in full sun. The plat grows well in slightly acidic conditions. It likes loamy soils that are rich.

The plat is drought tolerant and needs little or no supplemental water once established. The plat, a perennial, is a low-maintenance plant. It requires only occasional pruning. Plant the plat in partial shade for best foliage display.

Delta Maidenhair Fern

Botanical Name: Adiantum raddianum

It’s no surprise that the Delta Maidenhair Fern, Adiantum raddianum, is a popular choice among houseplant enthusiasts. The fern’s graceful, arching fronds make it a beautiful addition to any room.

In addition to its good looks, the Delta Maidenhair fern is also versatile. It is hardy, relatively easy to grow, and can be grown indoors in most locations.

The Delta Maidenhair fern has attractive, variegated fronds that have soft, dark green leaves with white margins. Its thick round fronds grow to between 5 and 6 feet in height and up to 10 feet in length. This makes it perfect for hanging indoors, in hanging baskets, or in containers on your porch or patio.

Glowstar Fern

Botanical Name: Pellaea 

Plants that glow in dark conditions are fascinating, and Glowstar Fern is no exception. This compact, slow-growing fern has glossy, dark green fronds that are ideal for terrariums, especially small ones. It also blends well with humidity-loving plants, like Calathea or Spathiphyllum.

Glowstar Fern has slender, deep-green fronds that grow to 7 to 8 inches in length and 3 to 4 inches in width. Its fronds are edged with creamy white, and its midribs are green. It grows from an underground rhizome, and it is a shade-tolerant plant, which makes it perfect for terrariums.

Lemon Button Fern

Botanical Name: Nephrolepis cordifolia

This plant combines a lemony fragrance with pretty foliage. Its name refers to the appearance of the fronds: their button-like shape gives them their name. This plant is native to southern China.

Nephrolepis cordifolia ‘Lemon Button’ prefers slightly acidic soil and will go dormant in hot weather. Grow indoors in sunlight or in a south-facing window with good air circulation.

Water when dry to the touch, or at least as often as required to keep the soil evenly moist. Fertilize regularly using a water-soluble fertilizer.

Scutum Roseum

Botanical Name: Adiantum tenerum

Many species of the genus Adiantum have lovely foliage, but this Adiantum tenerum is in a class by itself. It's called Rosy Maidenhair Fern because the new fronds develop pink in a light leaf flush that fades to green. The result is a most attractive plant.

The species name, tenerum, means "downy." That's appropriate for a plant with most of its fronds low to the ground. But the foliage on mature fronds is velvety and sometimes has a dark gray cast. That kind of texture is unusual for ferns.

Delilah Boston Fern

Botanical Name: Nephrolepis exaltata 

Delilah Boston Ferns are the best fern for hanging baskets.Their arching, feathery fronds add dimension to baskets and containers. They work well in pots and containers because, though not drought tolerant, they grow rapidly, which makes them a good choice for fast color changes. Delilah Boston Ferns are native to East Asia, including Japan, Korea and China.

The fern's name comes from its Greek name, Nephrolepis exaltata, meaning "exalted fern", and the Greeks used it to treat headaches, epilepsy, nervousness, and insomnia.

Austral Gem Fern

Botanical Name: Asplenium

Asplenium scolopendrium, the 'Austral Gem', is a species of fern in the family Aspleniaceae. It is widespread in Australia and New Zealand, where it grows in a wide variety of habitats, from coastal dunes to alpine areas. It is a tall, coarse, evergreen fern with thick, thick, short, and shiny, dark green, oval fronds, often slightly wavy, that grow densely. It often forms dense clumps. It prefers moist soil in medium light to bright shade. ‘Austral Gem’ is also suitable for hanging baskets, but it needs support, such as bamboo canes, for hanging.

'Austral Gem' grows well outdoors in summer in mild, frost-free climates. The plant is resistant to fireblight, but it is susceptible to rust, so gardeners should beware. The fronds of ‘Austral Gem’ are evergreen, so the plant will stay green year-round. The fronds are aromatic and thick. The fronds grow 1 to 4 cm wide, but the leaves may grow up to 10 cm in length. The plant has pinnately dissected leaves, each divided into several leaflets. 

Rowerii Fern

Botanical Name: Pteris cretica

Pteris cretica is a species of fern in the family Cyatheaceae. The species was first described by Carl Linnaeus in 1753. In Australia, it is known as kangaroo fern, being a popular ingredient in Australian cuisine.

Rowerii grows as a low, mat-forming fern in damp grassland, forest edges, and other damp habitats. The fronds are thick, rigid, and divided, and appear dark-green when dry, but turn blue-green when wet, giving the species its common name.

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