When to start ferns from spores

tanyuu((5/6 - South IN))November 7, 2012

I've got a batch of different types of outdoor fern spores that I'd like to start this winter indoors so they'd be ready to plant in the spring. However, I can't find information on when to start them! Does anyone have any advice on when to start them?

In case this helps, the varieties are: Ebony Spleenwort, Cinnamnon Fern, Lady Fern, Hay-scented Fern, Sensitive Fern, Japanese Holly Fern, Clivicola Fern, Japanese fern, Cut-Leaved Grape Fern, Christmas Fern, Rattlesnake Fern, Ostrich fern.

Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo

If you're doing it indoors then it probably doesn't matter, provided you're able to maintain humidity. Most ferns don't like too high a temperature.

    Bookmark   November 15, 2012 at 1:36AM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo

I've grown them from spores before. Some are easier than others. Holly ferns are very easy. Any fern that is inexpensive is probably easy to reproduce from spores, that's why they are inexpensive.

The way I did it: wet some sphagnum moss and put it in small plastic pots or cups. I used small ice cream cups with round tops. Soak the spahgnum for a bit in some consan, which is a fungicide and bacteriocide. Put it in the cups, and sprinkle the spores on it. Put the tops on the cups and put them under fluorscent lights. Mist them if the sphagnum starts drying out. Some will grow more quickly then others, but they will take a year or so before they're large enough to plant outdoors, maybe longer. Most are slow growers.

Here's a link to the Houston Fern Society, which I used to be a member, of, and this is the way they showed us to reproduce them from spores. Do you know how to collect ripe spores? If you get a magnifying glass, you can see the ripe spores burst out of the spore capsules. It's fun to watch that!

You'll find some info here or in the American Fern Society link, I believe.


Here is a link that might be useful: American Fern Society

    Bookmark   November 23, 2012 at 8:06PM
Sign Up to comment
More Discussions
Best micro-ferns/mosses for a SMALL closed plant terrarium
Hi, I am new to this but excited to learn more. I was...
Do I need to trim back ferns?
Hi, I live in NW Georgia and we recently had a couple...
Bird's Nest Fern with yellowing leaves and white dots
Hi there, We've had our Bird's Nest Fern (Asplenium...
What is this? How do I help it?!
Hello everyone! I have had this sad little fern for...
Decidedly Unhappy Moss
Hey all I live in Cape Town, South Africa. Here, we...
Sponsored Products
Darya Rugs Ikat, Black, 2'6" x 10'5" Runner Rug M1776-180
Darya Rugs
Hopson Ottoman - Key Largo Pumice Beige
Joybird Furniture
Kichler Sheila Classic Bronze Bath 2-Light
Lithonia Lighting Track Lighting Baffle 3-Light 44.5 in. Black Track Lighting
$39.97 | Home Depot
Versailles Two-Light Antique Bronze Finish with Clear-Crystals Wall Sconce
$98.00 | Bellacor
Terzani | Frame Q03S Pendant Light
Westinghouse 4-1/2 in. x 4-3/4 in. Amber Ribbed Bell 8125900
$5.97 | Home Depot
Compamia Ares Resin Rectangle Patio Dining Table - ISP186-BLA
$349.00 | Hayneedle
© 2015 Houzz Inc. Houzz® The new way to design your home™