Cinnamon Fern is an exciting plant to watch. As Spring arrives, the fern unfurls in large light-colored fronds, making way for the fertile fronds to take center stage. The contrast of the dark-color spikes and the light-color leaves is truly spectacular in the landscape. Cinnamon Fern needs an adequate amount of water, so a shady site where the soil doesn’t dry out as much is best. Dappled sunlight can be tolerated, however if excessive, the fronds may begin to brown, and the water uptake will increase substantially.
A good site, for example, is under pine trees. The acidity from the needles and the shade from the canopy creates a nice environment for the fern to thrive. This example can also be used under any canopy or shady region with useful organic matter from the trees above. The fall display of a mass of Cinnamon Ferns is spectacular, this plant truly gives season long interest. Unlike many other ferns, Cinnamon Fern doesn’t have a network of shallow rhizomes. Instead, there is a mass of fibrous roots. Rhizomes may be produced for reproduction needs, but this is not the main source of nutrient uptake or stabilization, which makes thinning and transplanting easier.