Asked November 14, 2020, 4:26 PM EST
Do you have information on native fern care and propagation?
Lane County Oregon
Caring for and propagating native ferns is pretty much the same as for any fern. Almost all of them prefer a moist, partly shady to shady location. They are propagated primarily by spores (instead of seeds). This can be challenging, but worth the effort. The Hardy Fern Foundation https://hardyferns.org/propagation/ offers a nice illustrated tutorial. Basically, you need warmth, moisture, a sterile medium, and patience.
Some ferns naturally form offsets or creeping rhizomes; these can be divided like any other perennial.
Here is a very nice guide to identifying and growing PNW native ferns, at http://nativeplantspnw.com/ferns/
Thank you so very much!