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Fancy Fronds Nursery
P. O. BOX 1090
GOLD BAR, WA 98251
Phone   (360)793-1472
Fax        (360)793-4243

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 !


Please send all Website related questions/corrections/updates directly to WebMaster or else they are likely to disappear into the moss, only to be remembered years later.


     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


     Evergreen- Ferns which maintain their fronds for at least 12 months which is usually until the new growth has begun.
     Wintergreen- I prefer to use this term for those ferns which have a spring or summer dormancy pushing up their growth late in the traditional growing season and holding green throughout the winter months.
     Semi-evergreen - Ferns which maintain their fronds for at least 8-9 months. Deterioration begins with the supporting stipe (stem) and moves gradually up to the fleshy blade (foliage). Fronds from this group usually remain quite green after they are relaxed onto the ground. Clipping the spent fronds in March or April gives them a tidier look in the garden as new growth commences.
      Sub-evergreen - Ferns in this group maintain their fronds 6-8 months deteriorating much more rapidly on the ground than the semi-evergreen group. Clip spent fronds in March or April for tidier appearance in the garden.
      Deciduous - Ferns in this group respond quite quickly to frost and deteriorate rapidly thereafter. A few in this group will have woody stipes remaining which can be clipped in March or April for a neater garden look.


      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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last updated 3/3/2003