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The Best Ferns For Hanging Baskets

Do you have a spot in your home that needs some green, but you don’t know what to put there? Well, consider using a fern. Some ferns are perfect for hanging baskets because they don’t take up a lot of space, their leaves flow over the lip of the pot, and they’re just stunning! One thing they love more is humidity.

With several types of ferns to choose from, you’re sure to find one that will fit your style. Check out this list of the best ferns for hanging baskets and get started on adding some greenery to your home today!

Boston Fern (Nephrolepis exaltata)

Pot of hanging Boston fern
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Boston ferns are a truly beautiful plant, perfect for brightening up any room in your house. These hardy plants are surprisingly easy to care for. All you need is some consistently moist, sandy and loamy soil to help it thrive, partnered with partial shade. This type of fern loves those dark corners of your home.

And even if the humidity levels inside aren’t ideal, don’t worry! To fix the problem you can invest in a humidifier or put your plant in the bathroom. With just a little bit of love and attention, these gorgeous plants will bring beauty and life into any space.

Rabbit Foot Fern (Davallia fejeensis)

Rabbit’s Foot Fern
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Whether you’re looking for an attractive addition to your living room or want to bring some lush greenery into your kitchen, the Rabbit Foot fern is an excellent choice.

Its soft green leaves look great in a hanging basket, and it provides the perfect backdrop for other plants, flowers, or even decorative accents like stones or statues. Or, you can make this piece the star of the show! It’s best know for their hairy rhizomes that seem to grasp whatever container it’s in. They slightly resemble rabbit feet, hence the plants name.

It can thrive indoors in partially shady areas with loamy, moist, well-draining soil, and it’s fairly adaptable when it comes to watering needs. Only rule is, let the top inch of soil dry before watering again. Its low maintenance requirements make it a great choice for busy gardeners who want lush greenery that requires little effort!

Caterpillar Fern (Polypodium formosanum)

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Caterpillar ferns are one of the hardiest ferns around. They’re perfect for home gardeners who tend to forget about their plants. With their distinctive blue-tinged rhizomes that look just like insects, caterpillar ferns can grow in moist, sandy, and well-drained soil, and require very little attention from you. Just leave them in your hanging basket in partial shade and they’ll thrive.

They may turn brown or shrivel up if you don’t water them enough, but as soon as you give them some moisture they will bounce right back! If you want a low-maintenance addition to your garden, then the caterpillar fern is a great choice!

Kunth’s Maiden Fern (Thelypteris kunthii)

Kunth's Maiden Fern
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Kunth’s maiden fern is one of the best ferns for hanging baskets, thanks to its delicate and graceful appearance. This fern forms a beautiful stem with arching fronds that are covered in short hairs. It prefers shade or partial shade.

To care for Kunth’s maiden fern, water it regularly but make sure not to over-water it, as this can lead to root rot. It prefers sandy, or loamy soil but can tolerate poor drainage. To keep your fern looking its best, prune off any dead or damaged fronds as needed. With proper care, Kunth’s maiden fern will add a beautiful and elegant touch to your home or garden.​

Christmas Fern (Polystichum acrostichoides)

Christmas Fern
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These beautiful, hardy plants are an excellent choice for anyone looking to add some year-round greenery to their home or garden. Not only are they easy to grow and maintain, but they also look great!

If you want to add some Christmas ferns to your hanging basket, there are a few things you should keep in mind. First, make sure that you choose a spot that gets plenty of shade. They also prefer cool, moist, and well-draining soil.

Additionally, they prefer slightly acidic soil (less than a pH of 6.8) so be sure to pick a potting mix that is suitable for acid-loving plants.

Once you have your Christmas fern planted, it’s important to keep it well-watered. This is particularly important during the hot summer months when your plants are likely to dry out quickly. But don’t overdo it! Overwatering is just as bad, or worse than underwatering.


There you have it, the best ferns for hanging baskets, as well as tips on how to care for them. Keep your ferns looking their best no matter where you choose to grow them. Whether you’re an experienced gardener or just starting out, these fern varieties are sure to add interest and beauty to your home.

Make sure to share this article with your gardening friends and family. Most importantly leave a comment and let everyone know which of these ferns you decide to plant in your very own hanging basket! Happy gardening!