Crow Dog Native Ferns and Gardens
Planting Native Ferns
Native Fern Distribution in the Eastern US Habitats and Ecological Conditions
Landscaping Crow Dog Home
Moisture Regimes Rock Garden Ferns
Ground Cover and Border Ferns Designing, Planting and Maintenance
Many ferns native to eastern North America can be adapted to home landscapes provided that species used in a particular geographic area can flourish in the weather and soil characteristics of that area. Sowing spores in a garden landscape usually doesn’t produce plants. However, some species that are established in a garden may reproduce from spores naturally. Other species may propagate themselves through vegetative reproduction.

   Ferns are typically transplanted in gardens from container grown plants and from plants removed from their natural habitat (plant rescues and from private land with digging permission). Important factors in transplanting success are:

Transplant only mature ferns (grow immature ferns in containers for about 5 months).

Plant species that are adapted to the geographic region.

Locate the plants in places that nearly replicate the plant’s environmental needs.

Plant at the same depth as in the pot or from the location where the plant was dug.

Assure that the soil has water retaining characteristics (organic matter).

Assure proper soil ph (most native ferns grow in acid soil).

Mulch the plants (preferably with leaves and/or leaf mold.

Keep the soil moist for 2 months after planting to ensure healthy  root growth.

After 2 months, do not allow the soil to dry completely.

Apply 10-10-10 in the spring at the rate of approximately 1 tablespoon per  plant.

Apply  micro-nutrient  at the rate of 1/2 teaspoon  per plant in the spring.

Allow old fronds to remain and decay at the base of the plant.