Identify 9 Types Of Fern Houseplants

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​There are many different types of plants you can have in your home. When thinking about what kind of houseplant to bring into your home, you should consider a fern. The fantastic thing about ferns is that there are several different types that you can bring into your life. We are going to go over the different types of ferns you can be taking care of, as well as how you can identify them.

Ferns are low-maintenance plants and only require you to provide them with enough water and light. Since ferns grow under the cover of trees, you will not have to give them that much light, which makes them ideal houseplants. Here are a few types of fern houseplants you can bring into your life that can spruce up your home.

Lemon Button Fern

The lemon button fern's name matches how cute it looks. Its fronds are a mix between gold and green, sporting rounded edges. This fern is one of the different types of ferns that stays small throughout its life, especially when kept in a small pot. It is easy to grow and goes well in most spaces of your home. 

When it comes to lighting, it will need the right amount of it. Although it fits in any style of a room, it will need to be in a room that has plenty of light. If you do not have enough natural light, yet still want a lemon button fern in your home, consider getting some artificial light. 

This fern likes to have plenty of humidity. While this may be concerning if you live in a climate where it is dry for some or most of the year, you can perform a hack by getting a humidifier. Place it in the same room as the lemon button fern, and you will find that it will thrive.

Maidenhair Fern

Another fern with an appealing name and an equally appealing look is the maidenhair fern. Its fronts appear like natural lace, looking airy. It also has black stems, contrasting with its green fronds quite a sight. 

This fern is quite attractive, but it does require some care and attention. Growing it indoors can be a little tricky, but if you care for it well enough, it will do well. You need to water it every day since it loves to stay moist. Forgetting to water it means the fronds will start wilting and drying out. 

If you do forget to water it for a couple of days, it will not die, although it may look like it has. Thankfully, the maidenhair fern is resilient enough to put out new shoots if its fronds do wilt and die. Given the small stature of this fern, along with its requirements of lots of moisture, it lives best in a terrarium. You can control the humidity levels in a way where it will always have the ideal climate.

Japanese Painted Fern

For a traditional style fern with broad ferns (and a little bit of a flair), get the Japanese painted fern. It is called a painted fern because the leaves, rather than appearing green, look like they were painted with silver and blue tones. This fern is unique-looking, yet still keeps to the "normal" look of a fern. 

The Japanese painted fern will always stay small in size, so it works well for smaller spaces. When it comes to light, it needs a bright area without direct sun. It also does not do well in an environment that is hotter than usual, so be sure to keep it away from southern-facing windows. 

When looking for a plant to add a little more brightness to your life and home, you should look into getting the beautiful Japanese painted fern.

Boston Fern

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No list of indoor types of fern houseplants is complete without mentioning the Boston fern. Other names you may know this fern by are the sword fern and the ladder fern. This fern is the most common one you will find in peoples' homes. You will find these living out in nature everywhere in places like the Pacific Northwest in the United States. 

Boston ferns can live a long time and grow quite tall. They can grow up to five feet high, as well as five feet wide. Since you would be raising this fern indoors, you do not need to be worried about it growing out of control, since it should never get that large inside your home.

A great feature of the Boston fern is its powerful and practical ability to remove household pollutants. While any plant in your home should be able to clear up the toxic contaminants in your home, some do it better than others.

There are several different varieties of the Boston fern available today, such as ones with fluffy ruffles, adding some flair to your greenery. When caring for this fern, make sure it can get medium to bright light. You will also want to make sure it gets plenty of humidity. Like most ferns, it thrives in humid and moist environments, so do your best to mimic its natural habitat. 

Bird's Nest Fern

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If you are looking for something different when it comes to ferns, the Bird's Nest Fern is the answer.  This fern is a low-maintenance one that is easy to care for. Its fronds feel rougher than others, almost resembling the feeling of leather. They come out from the base of the fern, right at the level of the soil. They mostly look like giant leaves which would go into a salad, but do not try to eat these! 

The Bird's Nest fern grows slowly and stays small, so you will be able to keep it in small spaces without any issues. It resembles a bird's nest because its fronds radiate outward from the center, creating an open space in the middle. 

This fern needs less humidity than other ferns, although it still does need some. It can also go longer without getting water, given its thick and glossy leaves can retain much of the moisture it gets from the soil. It will need a medium to bright light, so keep it in an area which receives enough light. 

Asparagus Fern

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When starting out your journey to bringing fern houseplants into your home, you will find that the Asparagus fern does well in your care. This is a good starter fern, since it is easy to take care of. It will need humidity, which is easy to provide by setting it on a pebble tray. You can also use a mist sprayer and spray it a few times a week to keep it moist. 

The Asparagus fern looks great when hanging from a basket. Its fronds droop down out of the basket, giving you your very own hanging garden. It stays nice and compact when placed in a small basket or pot. 

When it comes to lighting, you will want to place or hang this fern in an area that gets direct sun. You will want to make sure it does not get too hot though since it can be sensitive to too much direct sunlight. 

Silver Brake Fern

If you like your houseplants to look like aliens, then you will love the Silver Brake fern. The distinctive look of this fern can make for a great conversation starter. Its leaves appear as long stripes going in every direction. You can consider the look something like that of a spider, or several spiders, in plant form.

The crested fronds also feature a bright silver-looking stripe going down the length of each frond. When it comes to height, these ferns only grow around two feet tall. They will keep to being less than two feet in width as well, making this a great fern to have if you are tight on space. 

As with the Asparagus fern, the Silver Brake fern looks best when it is hanging from a basket. They will also look nice in small pots and placed in an area where they will get lots of light. They need plenty of humidity, so make sure to take care of it the same way you would an Asparagus fern. 

Kangaroo Paw Fern

Resembling the foot of a particular jumping marsupial is the Kangaroo Paw fern. This is another unique-looking fern. It features broad and shiny fronds that are dark green in color. 

Be prepared for runaway stems coming from the pot or basket where you planted this fern. They will creep out of where they grow and go down your pot or basket! You can keep this fern trimmed if you do not want more fern fronds growing down to your floor, although it does look great when it grows these new stems.

You will need to keep the Kangaroo Paw fern in medium to bright light. Never growing more than two feet tall or wide when indoors, this is a great fern houseplant to have in your home. You will even get the pleasure of seeing them bloom twice a year if you hang it outdoors on your porch. If you take care of it well, it can even flower several more times throughout the year.

Rabbit's Foot Fern

Keeping with the theme of animal feet, the Rabbit's Foot Fern is another type of fern that looks different from most types you will see. Featuring fronds that have silver and blue hues, this dramatic fern has rhizomes with a golden-orange flair. If you are looking for a fern with character, this is the fern for you

This fern is another type that looks and thrives in a basket. It will crawl out of its holding area and adorn the sides of its container with beautiful vine-looking stems. Feel free to keep the stems trimmed, so they do not get over-enthusiastic with their expansion.

The Rabbit's Foot Fern is not one that enjoys lots of sun. You could put it in any area getting partial or full shade. It looks great hanging from a porch, but if it is facing south, it will receive too much sun and start to wilt. As with most ferns, it will need to be watered regularly, meaning at least once a week. This is a fern that prefers staying moist, so remember to give it the aquatic care it wants.

Wrapping Up

Now that you know about several of the different types of fern houseplants to choose from, you can find one that fits your personality and preference the best. Ferns make a lively addition to any home. There are many different styles you can choose from to match your living situation, personality, and preference. And you will receive health benefits that all living plants provide your home.

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