Graceful, tall fern fronds

How to grow ferns

Discover how to grow all kinds of ferns, including advice on planting, care and cutting back, in our practical Grow Guide.

A table displaying which months are best to sow, plant and harvest.
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec

Do not Plant in January

Do not Plant in February

Do not Plant in March

Do not Plant in April

Do Plant in May

Do Plant in June

Do Plant in July

Do Plant in August

Do Plant in September

Do not Plant in October

Do not Plant in November

Do not Plant in December

Cut back
Cut back

Do not Cut back in January

Do not Cut back in February

Do not Cut back in March

Do not Cut back in April

Do Cut back in May

Do not Cut back in June

Do not Cut back in July

Do not Cut back in August

Do not Cut back in September

Do Cut back in October

Do not Cut back in November

Do not Cut back in December

Ferns date back to prehistoric times. There are thousands of different species of ferns, growing all over the world.

The dramatic unfurling of new fern fronds in spring is one of the highlights of a new gardening season. There’s such a wonderful range of evergreen and deciduous ferns to choose from. Hardy types are the perfect addition to any garden and tender types make wonderful houseplant or terrarium specimens. Ferns are ideal for sun or shade – just make sure you pick the right one.

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