8 Ferns to Add to Your Houseplant Collection Right Now

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Not only are ferns beautiful in the wild, but they’re also great indoor houseplants, too!! So bringing ferns inside your house as houseplants couldn’t be any trendier!! And I am not mad about it!

As a fern-lover, I wanted to know which species are ideal for indoors and outdoors. I have compiled a list of 8 types of ferns ideal for living indoors and making great houseplants. Adding ferns to your houseplant collection is an inexpensive way to spruce your home! Ferns have been a popular method of brightening our homes by bringing nature into them for centuries.

Fun Fern Fact: There are about 10,560 known fern species, and they are some of the world’s oldest plants.

8 Beautiful Ferns to Add to Your Houseplant Collection Right Now

Whether you are a beginner just starting to learn about houseplants or ferns or an enthusiast, here’s a list of eight types of fern plants you might consider bringing into your home as a houseplant.

1) Button Fern

This fern is excellent for beginners, provided it has adequate humidity. It is called a button fern for the leaves it sets. It is typically a compact fern. Consider this kind of fern if space is a concern; many other ferns, when well cared for, can get several feet tall.

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2) Holly Fern

Holly fern has dark green leaves with coarse ridges. They are thicker and hardier than many other fern leaves and can handle more direct sunlight as long as it doesn’t get too hot. It can also handle colder air and lower humidity when allowed to adjust to the environment.

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3) Maidenhair

This type of fern is harder to care for than other ferns on this list, requiring constant soil moisture without getting the soil soggy and cool temperatures that don’t swing too low at night. It has long black curved stems with thin green leaves that splay out beautifully.

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4) Cobra Birdsnest Fern

This popular variety is a bit more adaptable and can handle low humidity. Consider this fern or one like it for a low-humidity environment. This fern is also more forgiving than others if you forget to water it (don’t take it for granted). It has leaflets that grow wide, forming a larger leaf shape along with the steam. While Cobra Birdnest Ferns do not flower, their rosette-like shape and wavy leaves make these houseplants a unique and beautiful addition to your collection.

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5) Sprenger’s Asparagus Fern “Fox Tail Fern.”

It’s unrelated to asparagus, but this fern has long, further foliage that grows a tuft of fuzzy hair resembling a small asparagus plant. Sprenger’s asparagus ferns are also called Fox Tail Ferns. Compared to other types of fern houseplants, this one is divisive. It’s considered an invasive plant in several states because of how well it does outside as a ground covering. Your friends or family from the south and southeast might only see this fern as a potted weed, but that doesn’t stop it from being beautiful.

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6) The Boston Fern “Sword Fern.”

This is probably the most iconic fern on this list. Its long leaves straddle stems that jut out from the container and hang down. It prefers warmer humid temperatures than other ferns, making it better suited for warmer climates. Boston Ferns would love to live in a low-lit bathroom! Like many ferns, they prefer partial shade, which is ideal for a room with lower light. You may want to consider a different fern if you’re not looking for a challenge; this fern has a reputation for being hard to keep alive and happy. However, it rewards love and good care. Sword Ferns also make a wonderful outdoor ground cover, creating a dense, tropical effect.

7) Kangaroo Fern

Called because its leaves resemble kangaroo’s paws, this fern loves the warmth but doesn’t like a lot of direct sunlight. Consider a different fern if your home won’t stay warm consistently throughout the year, as this fern cannot handle colder temperatures. Photo Credit Etsy Seller

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8) Crocodile Fern

Microsorium musifolium is novel because of its broad leaves resembling a crocodile’s scale. It is among the most delicate fern houseplants and can only survive in high humidity and high temperatures. Keep it away from anywhere. It might experience a cold breeze or a drop in temperature. Consider growing this plant out of direct light in the bathroom – it’ll appreciate those hot showers as much as you.

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Ren Lenhof

Hi there, I’m Ren! Welcome to the House Fur Blog. Life is never dull when you’re living in an 1888 Victorian with over 200 houseplants and two giant dogs – luckily, I know a thing or two about making it all work!

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