Fern care isn’t necessary for a fern to thrive in your garden with little help from you. However there are things that you can do when planting your fern to make sure that you’re setting it off to the best possible start.
The first thing to think about when planting a fern in your garden is where to put it. It’s important to remember that ferns don’t like too much direct sunlight, so if you could plant your fern in a shadier area out of direct sunlight, either by a fence or under the shelter of other plants then your fern should do relatively well.
If you live in an area that rains often then you will also have to do less to take care of your ferns as they will be receiving lots of waterings. However, if you’re experiencing a particularly hot or dry summer then you may find that you need to water your ferns too. Ferns are plants that do well under wet conditions so if it hasn’t been raining then chances are you’ll probably need to water your ferns yourself.
As for feeding your ferns, they will probably get all the nutrients they need from the ground and you’ll find that they grow and spread quickly, so much so that you may need to consider trimming then back to prevent them from becoming invasive.
The best time to trim your ferns is in the spring just before the growing season starts as dead fronds can protect the plant in the winter months. This might mean that you have to keep dead fronds in your garden for a few months.
It’s also important to not only think about care but aesthetics too. Ask yourself how tall do ferns grow? What can be grown with an Ostrich Fern? What will look good in your garden side by side with these beautiful plants? Try and think of taller plants and trees you can grow above your ferns to provide them with a sufficient amount of shade.
Taking the time to think about this will ensure that you have a beautiful well thought out garden that you enjoy spending time in. And that your ferns are well taken care of in your garden and thrive without that much input from you. If anything you will probably need to worry about them thriving too much in that they could become overgrown.