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Sensitive Ferns Plant Description

Sensitive Fern is a perennial, meaning it will return yearly. They are sensitive to cold weather, so protect them with mulch or some other type of protection during winter. They grow well in moist soil and shade for partial sun. This article will discuss the sensitive fern plant in more detail, from features, growth, care, and use.

The Sensitive Fern Plant – General Information

This fern plant is a perennial producing stunning yearly foliage displays. They are grown for their beautiful leaves, and they will not disappoint.

They are a good choice to add color and texture to landscaping in your yard's shade or partial shade areas.

This plant has dark green shiny upper surface parts with lighter beneath them. The blades are broad, with lobes that are also green. The leaves themselves are leathery and thick.

The plant has this appearance all year round, although, in the winter, it is a little bit more muted due to its dormant leaves. As spring approaches, the foliage will grow again, and you will get those beautiful displays of color you wanted when you first brought them home.

These plants do well in partial sun areas; they generally need half a day of sunlight or more. It is best to receive at least six hours of sunlight a day. They will grow well in moist soil but not thrive in the shade.

They are drought-tolerant and do not like too much water. If you give them a drink in the summer, you must ensure they only get a little in winter.

Sensitive fern Growth, Depending on how often you plant, needs to be pruned once every year or two

If you divide them, you will have three or more plants, which means they can spread out and take up more space. If you are genuinely concerned about this, I recommend planting them in a restricted yard.

Once they have established themselves in the ground, they may grow very tall. If this happens, be sure to prune them regularly to keep getting bigger and bigger each year.

Whichever you use them, they will thrive well over there.

Sensitive fern Care

Planting these ferns in the spring rather than fall is best. Because they are only hardy to USDA zones 4-10, you should plant them where they will survive without being moved after a few years. If you live in a more extreme climate, you should bring them indoors during the winter.

These fern plants are easy to grow and do not require much work. However, they need to be kept moist and watered regularly. You can use a watering can every week or two. The soil should also be kept moist to thrive in good soil conditions.


This plant looks nice when planted near other plants. Adding it to your rock or cement planters would also look good. If you have a shady area where it can grow, you can use it as a border plant.

They are great pond plants because they are drought-tolerant and will benefit from the cool water. They prefer warm water, and it will be best to use warm water to keep them healthy and in good condition.

This plant is available in wide varieties, so there is always the right one for you, depending on your needs. There are even some scarce plants that you can find if you look hard enough.

This plant is easy to grow and care for. They will produce a stunning display of foliage yearly, which is why they are so popular.

Keeping them well-watered during the summer and ensuring they receive plenty of sunlight is essential.

They do not like cold weather, so if you live in a region that gets freezing during wintertime, you may want to bring them indoors or use some covering for them in the colder months.

Sensitive ferns are available online at Tennessee Wholesale Nursery Co.