Indoor Ferns: I don’t know about you, but I’m drawn to ferns, to their primitive flowerless beauty, their diversity of foliar textures and shades of greenness, to their range of sizes from tiny to towering. And I want to invite some to come live with me and my begonias and Clivias and other houseplants, but which ones will be the best match for our house, I wonder, maidenhair or staghorn or bird’s nest or …? I asked the author of “The Complete Book of Ferns,” a new book on ferns, both indoors and out.
Mobee Weinstein is foreman of gardeners for outdoor gardens at New York Botanical Garden in New York City. She’s taught classes in indoor plants at the State University of New York and at New York Botanical Garden. And she is also the person who first introduced me to many of what have become my favorite houseplants, back when I was a beginning garden writer, and I’d visit her in the NYBG greenhouses while working on a story—some really special times.
We talked about which indoor ferns are easiest to grow, and got a list of Mobee’s favorites, plus some care tips for success.