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Transform Your Home into a Tropical Paradise with these 8 Indoor Ferns

Transform Your Home into a Tropical Paradise with these 8 Indoor Ferns

A diverse plant family, many ferns thrive in an indoor environment while contributing a lush look through their array of colors and textures. Here are eight beauties to get you started.

Staghorn Fern

  • Name: Platycerium bifurcatum
  • Growing Conditions: Medium to bright light, high humidity
  • Size: Up to 3 feet tall and wide

There are two reasons this plant is a showstopper — their forked foliage that resembles antlers, and their unique growth. Since staghorns are epiphytes, they grow on other plants in nature. So you don’t need to plant them in a pot of soil like other plants. Instead, they are best used as statement pieces, like mounted on boards hung on the wall. You would simply water them as you would air plants, by soaking their roots in water or misting them.

Maidenhair Fern

  • Name: Adiantum raddianum
  • Growing Conditions: Medium to bright light, high humidity
  • Size: Up to 2 feet tall and wide

This is the perfect plant for all you serial overwaterers out there! Because they love a lot of moisture — water and humidity — maidenhairs have developed a reputation for being a challenge to grow indoors. But mist them a couple times daily and they will reward you with striking fine-textured foliage on long, wiry, black stems.

Lemon Button Fern

  • Name: Nephrolepis cordifolia, ‘Lemon Button’
  • Growing Conditions: Medium to bright light, high humidity
  • Size: Up to 3 feet tall and 4 feet wide

With its little, golden-green rounded leaflets, this plant is as cute as a button. It features long, arching fronds that work well in tabletop terrariums or hanging baskets. As a relatively unfussy plant, it will bring a lushness to any style of decor and in just about any location of the home.

Kangaroo Paw Fern

  • Name: Microsorium diversifolium
  • Growing Conditions: Medium to bright light, average humidity
  • Size: Up to 2 feet tall and wide

As a native to Australia, this fern got its name due to its long leaves that look similar to the large feet of a kangaroo. It features shiny, dark green fronds that grow into a messy mound. Like rabbit’s foot fern, kangaroo paw fern has thick rhizomes that can creep down the sides of its planter.

Crocodile Fern

  • Name: Microsorium musifolium ‘Crocodyllus’
  • Growing Conditions: Medium to low light, high humidity
  • Size: Up to 3 feet tall and wide

One look at this plant and you’ll immediately know why it has the common name it does. Because of the undeniably scaly, reptilian look of its bright green straplike leaves, it isn’t what most people picture as a fern. However, crocodile ferns make quite a statement when fully grown, reaching 2-3 feet long.

Rabbit’s Foot Fern

  • Name: Humata tyermanii
  • Growing Conditions: Medium to bright light, high humidity
  • Size: Up to 2 feet tall and wide

A gorgeous plant, it features dark green, fine-textured fronds and fuzzy-looking rootlike stems (rhizomes) that creep down the side of its container and along the soil. Little light colored “hairs” cover the rhizomes, hence its common name. Show off a rabbit’s foot fern by putting those rhizomes on display in hanging planters.

Bird’s Nest Fern

  • Name: Asplenium nidus
  • Growing Conditions: Medium to bright light, high humidity
  • Size: Up to 5 feet tall and wide (but usually 1-2 feet indoors)

A perfect plant for the bathroom, these ferns thrive on high humidity and plenty of indirect light. They feature leathery fronds with wavy edges that radiate from the center of the plant, creating an unusual vase shape vaguely reminiscent of a nest.

Silver Brake Fern

  • Name: Pteris cretica ‘Mayi’
  • Growing Conditions: Medium to bright light, high humidity
  • Size: Up to 2 feet tall and wide

Also known as silver lace fern and slender brake ferns, the two-tone foliage on this plant is eye-catching. Each frond features several slender leaflets with a silvery strip down the middle and branched tips. This fern is a moisture-loving one — the soil should never dry out completely between waterings.

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