Ferns

This page lists many of the ferns that I’ve written about in articles for pumpkinbeth.com

Click on each fern’s name to discover more information and find links to every article which mentions that particular fern.  Some of the ferns I have listed here are hardy ferns that can be grown outdoors, while others are tender ferns that need to be grown indoors – either as a houseplant, or cultivated inside a terrarium or bottle garden.  Please click on each fern for more information.

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Actiniopteris australis is a tender fern that requires warm temperatures to flourish.  This pretty little fern can be found growing in the wild in a wide range of countries and locations, including: Madagascar, Australia, Africa, and Asia. Producing very pretty, palm like fronds on a…

Adiantum pubescens is a small to medium sized terrestrial fern – a fern that grows in the soil or is planted in a container or planter.  This fern produces soft-bronze coloured new growth; as the fronds grow their colour soon changes – established fronds are…

Adiantum raddianum ‘Fritz-Luthi’ is a pretty fern that thrives in partially shaded to shaded conditions.  This is a tender fern that flourishes in a very humid environment.  Adiantum raddianum ‘Fritz-Luthi’ requires well-drained but moisture retentive compost, and soft, indirect lighting.  These are the keys to…

This Adiantum is a species of miniature fern, which originates from Colombia, where this fern grows terrestrially – in the soil, and also as an epiphyte – on the branches of trees. This miniature fern grows well in soft, diffused light, in temperatures from 15 –…

This Arnemia fern species makes an attractive, finely feathered fern, which requires high humidity and warm temperatures to grow well.  I have found that Arnemia will not tolerate the compost around the plant’s roots drying out, so if you’re growing this plant ensure that you…

Asplenium ‘Parvati’ is an evergreen fern with very pretty lacy fronds.  A hybrid fern from Australia, Asplenium ‘Parvati’ is also known by its botanical name, Asplenium dimorphum x difforme (x Parvati).  This fern’s common name is the ‘Mother Fern’, as it produces new baby ferns…

Asplenium antiquum ‘Osaka’ is a gorgeous, tender fern that produces these absolutely fabulous undulating evergreen fronds.  This tender fern makes a superb houseplant!  Asplenium antiquum ‘Osaka’ has an architectural elegance, which compliments a wide variety of home decor styles.  I love these ferns; they’re so…

Asplenium bulbiferum is a very beautiful subtropical fern from New Zealand.  I adore the light and airy, carrot top like fronds that Asplenium bulbiferum produces; overall it has a very graceful appearance. This fern grows as an epiphyte – the ferns grow upon other plants,…

I adore Asplenium fissum!  I’ve been growing these gorgeous ferns for about seven years now.  I really appreciate Asplenium fissum’s miniature size and endearing character and habit; I’m always finding myself admiring this fern’s decorative appearance and elegance.  Perfectly sized for terrariums, Asplenium fissum is…

Asplenium nidus is a gorgeous fern from Australia, Borneo, Sumatra, Sulawesi, New Guinea, Christmas Island, and the Philippines.  In the wild, Asplenium nidus often grows as an epiphytic fern, making its home on the branches and trunks of trees in rainforests.  Epiphytic plants are different…

Asplenium nidus ‘Campio’ is a gorgeous fern that produces wide, feather-shaped fronds in a delightful shade of fresh green.  I’ve got two of these ferns, both have a rather bushy and upright habit, which I really like; their vertical poise is also useful as it…

Asplenium nidus ‘Crispy Wave’ (PBR) is a very versatile and attractive fern, which produces delightfully ruffled, fresh-green coloured fronds.  This is a great choice of fern to grow as a house plant or to plant inside a terrarium, vivarium, or bottle garden.  Asplenium nidus ‘Crispy…

Asplenium scolopendrium Cristatum Group are hardy evergreen ferns, with a naturally bushy form.  Every Asplenium scolopendrium Cristatum Group frond splits and divides, which gives this fern a very unusual, frilled appearance.  Older ferns are naturally more ruffled than younger specimens. As well as being frilly,…

I bought this young Asplenium from a garden centre.  The fern was in an area dedicated to terrarium plants with the pot simply labelled as ‘fern mix’.  I am uncertain what species or cultivar this fern is – I just know it’s an Asplenium. As…

Asplenium x ebenoides is an attractive, evergreen fern, which has an upright growth habit.  Asplenium x ebenoides is commonly referred to as the Dragon’s Tail Fern, as the tip of each frond resembles that of a mythical dragon.  This naturally occurring fern hybrid hails from Alabama, and other…

This Athyrium species is a small sized, terrestrial fern that can be found growing in the wild, in both Madagascar and Africa.  A great choice for a terrarium or bottle garden, ferns of this Athyrium species enjoy warm, humid conditions, and bright but indirect light.  As…

Athyrium spicatum is a borderline-hardy fern, from Madagascar.  This small-sized fern produces gently arching fronds, in a lovely shade of leaf-green. I think that this fern has a shape and form that most people would instantly recognise as being a fern.  It’s a handsome, attractive…

In 2008 Tim Penrose selected Blechnum brasiliense ‘Eruption’ from a batch of over 500 spore raised plants, its eye catching foliage, which is bright red as it unfurls in early spring, made this fern really stand out from the other ferns. To see my other…

I love Blechnum spicant, it’s such a handsome, charming little fern, with its narrow, dark green coloured pinnate fronds.  Depending on this fern’s particular stage of growth, Blechnum spicant may form low growing rosettes with the sterile fronds leaning out horizontally, or if the fertile…

Bolbitis heteroclita ‘Difformis’ is miniature fern that can be grown both as a terrarium plant and as an aquarium plant.  This fern can be used a part of an aquascape planting, where it will slowly form low feathery carpets of green to cover the sides…

Doryopteris cordata is an unusual, small tropical, tender fern that is ideally suited to growing in terrariums, vivariums, or bottle gardens. Doryopteris cordata produces lobed fronds at the base of the fern, which form a low growing mound close to ground level.  These fronds look more…

Hemionitis arifolia is a particularly gorgeous species of miniature fern.  This small, but magnificent fern produces deep green, glossy, heart-shaped fronds, which are held on very dark coloured thin and wiry stems.  This really is such a handsome looking fern! Hemionitis arifolia flourishes when it’s grown in…

Humata heterophylla is a very handsome fern.  I must admit that this one of my absolute favourite ferns – I simply love Humata heterophylla’s leaf-like fronds.  This is a tender, epiphytic fern species, that can be grown mounted onto a piece of cork, wood, or…

Humata repens is a rather lovely species of fern, which originates from Indochina, Taiwan, Malaysia, and the Philippines. Humata repens is a dear little fern which grows to just 8cm (3 inches) tall.  This fern can be grown terrestrially – when it is grown planted…

Nephrolepis duffii is a tender fern from Asia.  This is a pretty little fern, with a naturally arching habit and a compact form.  Nephrolepis duffii  thrives in terrariums. Nephrolepis duffii fronds feature a series of button like leaflets that have earned this fern the common names…

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