Ferns prefer dappled shade in a woodland setting, the soil should be rich with lots of organic matter. This would include rotted leaves and other rich soil ingredients. Very few ferns can tolerate dry soils, take the time to prepare the soil correctly and make sure they don’t dry out the first year. You can’t go wrong with lots of water and humus. Even though they prefer a moist location, it should also have good drainage to prevent rotting. Incorporating peat moss and bark mulch in the soil is very beneficial.
These hardy ferns grow under the similar low light and higher moisture conditions that hostas prefer. Ferns are great companion plants to hostas for adding variations in texture and colors.
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