Fancy Fronds Nursery
P. O. BOX 1090
GOLD BAR, WA 98251
Welcome to the Fancy Fronds Website. This site has pictures,
descriptions, and requirements for ferns we grow. At this time, we are only taking orders via mail, e-mail, or fax.
You may print out the order form and look through our availability list
If you want to search our plant list, we recommend visiting our fern database. Select the criteria of plants you'd like to see and our site will find those ferns. This is really useful for finding which ferns are specific for your needs. You may search currently available ferns, or include all ferns.
If you do not know your USDA Zone, the USDA
Zone map can help you find a fern that is suited for your area.
Please note, that this is an approximation, and one should always use common sense when planting living organisms outside. .
A word of quality concerning our plants. We grow our plants in for the most part, unheated greenhouses. This is a good thing for a temperate fern in that, it creates hardy specimens that will survive in temperate conditions. It is important to remember that if you live in Minnesota and you order ferns from California, you will be less than thrilled when you attempt to plant them. If those plants came from a warm greenhouse, they will most likely be rather unhappy in Minnesota. So, indeed not all ferns are created equal !
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Ferns are some of the easiest care perennials
around. They require a minimum of upkeep other than a spring tidy, if you desire,
and a topdressing of their own chopped up fronds, well rotted-compost or manure.
This annual mulch replaces any lost soil and keeps the rhizome of caudex cool
and moist during the growing season. Ferns may be also left unclipped, allowing
the fronds to deteriorate and naturally mulch themselves as they do in nature.
Most ferns prefer a loamy friable soil which is kept evenly moist during the growing season. Please note the following abbreviations used to denote the cultural requirements on each entry.
SS = Some sun in the morning and or late afternoon, no hot mid-day
PSH = Part Shade
FSH = Full shade
EM = Evenly Moist
SM = Slightly Moist
WT = Wet, such as a bog or stream-side
Ideal growing conditions for tree ferns requires protection from wind and moist, humus-rich soil and high atmospheric humidity. It is crucial to have an abundant supply of moisture on the root system at all times whether in the ground or in a container. Overhead watering is best for proper frond development. Do not remove spent fronds until new croziers appear.
Dryland, desert, or xeric ferns require porous soils which drain well and good air circulation. They do best with their roots tucked under a rock or with a gravely mulch to keep the roots cool and moist and their fronds dry and well aerated. If kept in containers do not allow them to go completely dormant and curl up. Many of them make excellent house plants if provided adequate light.
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