Autumn Ferns are plants that are incredibly fast growers. You do not need to wait much time for them to fill up your garden and if you’re not careful you’ll find them taking over. It’s important to ask how do you take care of a fern in the garden? And make sure that you help it to thrive for the best growing opportunities.
In the Spring the plant itself will grow incredibly quickly however that is not the only factor to consider. Ferns can be quite invasive meaning that they will easily spread to the surrounding areas and if not take care of properly can take over the other flora that is there.
With this in mind you should cut back your ferns to prevent your garden being overrun by them unless this is something that you’re trying to achieve. The best time to cut back your ferns is in the spring.
In the winter the fern will die back and it may look like the plant is dead. Try to resist cutting the fern at this point as the dead fronds can actually protect the plant from the cold and from animals.
Wait until the spring comes and cut away the dead fronds ready for new growth. If you find your Autumn Fern is growing too quickly for you to manage then cut it back during the growing season as well.
Also be aware that ferns from your garden may spread to the land outside or to neighbours garden and that this is your responsibility.
If you keep your fern indoors then it may continue to grow all year ground depending on the light it has access to and how warm your home is. You can increase growth by fertilising your plants but make sure you dilute the fertiliser as some feeds can be too strong for autumn ferns and can burn the fronds. To be honest you probably don’t need to use that much feed to encourage growth in your ferns. They do remarkably well on their own.