There are many different types of ferns and they grow in a variety
of habitats. We will acquire as many different ways of growing various
ferns as we are able for this page. If there is anyone who specializes
in a particular fern and would like to submit an article for this page
These are the easiest ferns to grow from spore. They include most of
the ferns that a hiker might see while walking through the woods. It is
a good place to start!
Grape ferns are very difficult to grow from spores, in fact almost
impossible for the hobbiest. This group of ferns is best grown from
transplants. That should only be collected
when there would be no damage to native populations of Botrychium and when they
are not threatened.
Axenic culture for Grape Ferns
If you are very brave and have access to axenic compounds you may want to try
Dr. Dean Whittier's method of growing these babies. He is one of the few people
in the world that has had any success. It is again very difficult and takes a
Psilotum was mistakenly thought to be one of the most primitive vascular plants alive because of its highly reduced morphology (e.g., it lacks roots and has highly reduced leaves). Its synangia (2-3 fused sporangia) are characteristic.
This is one of the most difficult ferns to grow in artificial conditions.
In fact, as far as I know no one has done it. This is the best method developed
so far. Good Luck.
Xerophytic (Arid Loving) Ferns
These are some of the most difficult ferns to grow in artificial conditions.
This is one of the best methods developed so far. Good Luck.
Cultivation of Cheilanthes species
(with focus on Cheilanthes feei and Cheilanthes lanosa)
Hope Diamond and Lucinda Swatzell Southeast Missouri State University
Cape Girardeau, MO 63701 firstname.lastname@example.org