Product Profile: Ferns

24/04/2017 - 18:12

In this month’s Product Profile, we’re taking a look at ferns. We'll focus on potted plants, but we'll also cover ferns as cut foliage and even artificial!

With the trend for houseplants continuing to gather momentum and Pantone’s Colour of the Year for 2017 being greenery, lush ferns are ‘all the rage’. And a very popular variety is Nephrolepis, also known as Boston Fern, pictured below. 

Boston Fern at New Covent Garden Flower Market April 2017

Background

In vogue in Victorian times, ferns are making a real comeback, not only in the worlds of floristry and gardening, but also fashion and interior design. There are so many different varieties including Adiantum, Asplenium, Asparagus, Phlebodium, Polystichum, Nephrolepis and Pteris, to name but a few. 

Their leaves, botanically known as fronds, add an air of freshness and coolness to a space. And Boston Ferns, in particular, have the ability to remove certain chemical pollutants from the air. 

Types

PLANTS

Potted ferns are available at our plant wholesalers in a range of different sizes. For example, 18, 15, 10 or 6 in a tray. The majority of the trays on sale are of one individual type of plant, referred to as Singles, and as shown below at Quality Plants. But there is also a selection of trays of Mixed. And some of the larger specimen plants are available to purchase individually. 

Singles

Adiantum (Maidenhair Fern)

Maidenhair Fern at New Covent Garden Flower Market April 2017

Asplenium (Bird's Nest Fern)

Asplenium at New Covent Garden Flower Market April 2017

Asplenium 'Crispy Wave'

Asplenium Crispy Wave at New Covent Garden Flower Market April 2017

Asparagus Sprengeri

Asparagus Sprengeri at New Covent Garden Flower Market April 2017

Asparagus setaceus (Asparagus Fern)

Asparagus setaceus at New Covent Garden Flower Market April 2017

Phlebodium

Phlebodium at New Covent Garden Flower Market April 2017

Polystichum polyblepharum

Polystichum polyblepharum at New Covent Garden Flower Market April 2017

Nephrolepis (Boston Fern)

Boston Fern at New Covent Garden Flower Market April 2017

Mixed 

Mixed ferns at Evergreen – Asplenium, Dryopteris, Polystichum and Polypodium.

Mixed ferns at New Covent Garden Flower Market April 2017

Mixed Pteris at Arnott & Mason

Mixed Pteris at at New Covent Garden Flower Market April 2017

CUT FOLIAGE

You'll find ferns as cut foliage available at our foliage traders, including asparagus fern, phlebodium, umbrella fern, leather leaf, foxtail fern and Boston Fern (which is also sometimes referred to as ladder fern or sharon fern). The varieties below, in particular, are available at Porters Foliage. You may need to ask specifically for some of them as they'll be in cold storage, as opposed to on general display. 

Sprayed varieties of fern, sometimes with a touch of sparkle, can also be found at the Flower Market from the end of September to the end of December. Sprayed asparagus fern in particular has proven to be a big hit over the last few years!

Natural

Asparagus Fern

Cut Foliage Asparagus Fern at New Covent Garden Flower Market April 2017

Phlebodium (Blue Fern)

Phlebodium at New Covent Garden Flower Market April 2017

Sprayed

Asparagus Fern

Sprayed Asparagus fern at New Covent Garden Flower Market April 2017

Coral Fern

Sprayed Coral Fern at New Covent Garden Flower Market April 2017

Leather Leaf

Sprayed Leather Leaf at New Covent Garden Flower Market April 2017

ARTIFICIAL

In their new 'Greenery Avenue', C Best have a selection of artificial ferns including...

Artificial Boston Fern Bush

Artificial Boston Fern Bush at New Covent Garden Flower Market April 2017

Artificial Fern Plant

Artificial Fern Plant at New Covent Garden Flower Market April 2017

General Advice

Care wise, as plants, the compost needs to be kept moist at all times and never allowed to dry out. Ferns also love moist air, so mist plants regularly. And keep them in good indirect light, but not in direct sunlight. 

There are several new books about houseplants which you may like to check out for care notes about individual varieties of ferns: 

At Home with Plants - Ian Drummond & Kara O'Reilly

House Plants - Isabelle Palmer

House of Plants - Caro Langton & Rose Ray

How Not to Kill Your Plants - Nik Southern/Grace & Thorn - Published in June 2017

Design Inspiration

Ferns, as potted plants, are ideal for adding a touch of lushness to a contract design or event. And Adiantum (maidenhair fern) loves being housed in terrariums, where humidity is naturally high. Plus, those that have a trailing tendency look wonderful in hanging pots. 

With regards to ferns as cut foliage, the asparagus fern is very much leading the way, from being incorporated into hand-tied bouquets and mantelpiece arrangements, to decorating stair banisters.  

Here are some examples of beautiful designs featuring ferns both as plants and cut foliage...

PLANTS

SuperNature Flowers Instagram

(Source : SuperNature Flowers)

Botanique Workshop Instagram

(Source : Grace & Thorn)

Blue Sky Flowers Instagram

(Source : Blue Sky Flowers)

CUT FOLIAGE

The Flower Bird Instagram

(Source : The Flower Bird)

Amanda Austin Flowers Instagram

(Source : Amanda Austin Flowers)

Grace & Thorn Instagram

(Source : Grace & Thorn)

Zita Elze Instagram

(Source : Zita Elze)

Botanique Workshop Instagram

(Source : Botanique Workshop)

Mary Jane Vaughan Instagram

(Source : Mary Jane Vaughan)

Grace & Thorn Instagram

(Source : Grace & Thorn)

Hiding in the City Flowers Instagram

(Source : Hiding in the City Flowers)

Larry Walshe Instagram

(Source : Larry Walshe)

Botanique Workshop Instagram

(Source : Botanique Workshop)

Simon Nickell Instagram

(Source : Simon Nickell Design)

Botanique Workshop Instagram

(Source : Botanique Workshop

All For Love London Instagram

(Source : All For Love London)

Urban Flower Company Instagram

(Source : Urban Flower Company)

Induce Flowers Instagram

(Source : Indeco Flowers)

Botanique Workshop Instagram

(Source : Botanique Workshop)

Joanne Truby Floral Design Instagram

(Source : Joanne Truby Floral Design

Your Designs

We'd love to see photos of designs that you've made using ferns from New Covent Garden Flower Market. Simply send an email to info@cgma.co.uk, stating your company name and website address. Or if you prefer, you could post your photo on Instagram or Twitter and tag us with @MarketFlowers. We'll then upload your photos into this section.

Sophie - MeadowSweet Arrangement

(Source: MeadowSweet)

I hope you've enjoyed reading this month's Product Profile. Please do ask away below if you have any questions or would like to make any general comments. As always, we'd love to hear from you...

P.S. If you're a huge botanicals fan, then you may like to check out photographers India & Magnus from Haarkon's incredibly beautiful Instagram account, @haarkon_.

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Good Morning, I am trying to

Good Morning, I am trying to source a supplier of exceptionally good looking artificial fern plants to go in a dark hallway. I have seen very obviously artificial fern plants but they all look TOO artificial.
Can you please point me in the right direction.
Kind regards
Jean Hawtin

Hi Jean C Best (0207 720

Hi Jean
C Best (0207 720 2306) who Rona mentions in this report have a huge selection of artificial plants so i'm sure will be able to help you find what you need. Whittingtons (020 7720 9121) also stock artificial flowers and plants. Hope this helps :)