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Fern Grower's Manual (Revised and Expanded Edition)

By Barbara Joe Hoshizaki and Robbin C. Moran

Clearly the result of a lifelong passion for ferns.

Pacific Horticulture

Ferns have graced our planet for hundreds of millions of years. With about 12,000 named species of ferns worldwide, the variety to be found among them is staggering in its array of forms, textures, and even colors. From towering tree ferns to tiny water clovers, ferns and fern allies offer a wide range of uses in the garden and home.

This book offers useful advice on ferns and fern allies for any region, with details on cultivation, identification, landscaping, and more. The bulk of the book consists of an encyclopedic treatment of all the ferns in cultivation in the U.S. Some 700 species from 124 genera are described in detail, including physical descriptions, cultural requirements, hardiness, common names, synonyms, special uses, geographical range, and notable cultivars or related species. Each species is accompanied by a black-and-white illustration to allow for easy identification and to provide a useful means of comparing species.

Updated and greatly expanded, this new edition of Hoshizaki's original 1975 book is the most comprehensive book available on fern cultivation.

Awards for this book: Choice Magazine Outstanding Academic Book

Media reviews

"This book opened my eyes to the diversity of ferns worldwide ... Fern Grower's Manual is an authoritative reference that is sure to remain at the pinnacle of fern literature for decades to come."

—C. Colston Burrell, Horticulture

"It is overwhelming in both content and weight."

—John van de Water, Newark Star-Ledger

"This book is for reference and also for finding bits of information not usually found elsewhere. Excellent black and white drawings show pertinent details."

National Gardener

"It is a plant resource book in the best sense of the word."

American Rhododendron Society Journal

"What detail! ... It is easy to comprehend by the amateur—me ... I love owning this book."

—Pamela Lord, Gardener for the Prairies

"An ideal botanical bible ... so thorough you'll have enough fern fodder to guide you through just about any structural, historical, planting, propagating, cultivating, troubleshooting or pest- and disease-related question imaginable."

Adirondack Life

"Both [authors] share a special enthusiasm for tropical ferns, one of the Manual's strengths. I've never seen a more complete treatment of Platyceriums — staghorns."

—Sue Olsen, Washington Park Arboretum Bulletin

"Look no futher – this is the book for people who like the texture, colors, forms and gracefulness of hardy, semi-hardy, or tropical ferns and who want to know just about everything about these plants."

—Marty Figley, Michigan Observer and Eccentric

"An excellent reference book."

—Patricia A. Taylor, Trenton Times

"A book written for those with a serious interest in ferns, it also would be helpful to beginning fern enthusiasts. The format and chapter titles remain (from the first edition) but the wealth of information added is truly staggering."

—R. Cox, California Garden

"I can heartily recommend this fine book ... As a reference book it will be a staple of the fern library in the manner of its much loved predecessor."

—Barbara Parris, Fern Research Foundation

"Here in one volume of over 600 pages, with 50 color photos and over 800 super line drawings, is a book all interested in ferns should have."

—John E. Bryan, Gardening Newsletter

"A most unexpected gift. And… This is an impressive and well thought-out reference and will be a pleasure to consult for all who have an interest in ferns."

—Joan Citron, Southern California Horticultural Society Newsletter

"An updated and expanded guide to growing more than 700 species, from 124 genera ... With its vast plethora of illustrations, [this book] is a one-stop source."

—Lori D. Kranz, American Reference Books Annual

"The best fern horticultural book written in the United States ... Beginners can easily use it, but it is also encyclopedic, and hence, will appeal to fern experts as well. This book is a great and worthwhile contribution to fern horticulture."

—Bruce W. McAlpin, Fiddlehead Forum

"Clearly the result of a lifelong passion for ferns, this is a serious tome, academic in the degree of detail presented, but written for anyone with an interest in growing, studying, or simply enjoying ferns."

Pacific Horticulture

"An excellent horticultural resource for those who specialize in growing ferns. An impressive work and an epic volume that will not soon be replaced."


"Whatever region you live in, if you want to know more about ferns–the different ones from hardy to tropicals, indoors or outdoors, their culture, and much more–you should consider this very useful and readable reference."

—Leonard Perry, Perry's Perennial Pages

"The book has academic credentials but the information is also practical."

—Norio Sahashi, Nippon Fernist Club

"Contains a treasure trove of information."

Shade Gardening Gazette

"[Makes] it easy to identify and get the names of ferns ... I recommend this book to not only fern growers but also students and professionals who are studying ferns."

—Dr. Kim, Korean Fern Journal

"A rich source of material on all aspects of growing these plants."

—Rolla M. Tryon, Rhodora

"One of the most valuable books for the fern grower."

—Catharine W. Guiles, Botanical Thymes

"Any enthusiast for tropical-effect gardening or warm temperate ferns, as well as staff at major botanical gardens will find it indispensable."

—Martin Rickard, Garden (Peterborough)

"A great book for people who want to grow and identify different ferns and their allies."

Plant Talk

"A book written for those with a serious interest in ferns, it also would be helpful to beginning fern enthusiasts."

—R. Cox, California Garden

"Has considerable relevance for British gardeners."

—Martin Page, Water Gardening

"A true classic, superbly brought up to date!"


"Fern growers say this is “our book” – the place to look for information, inspiration, and pleasure."

—Phyllis Bates, Botanically Correct

"Timber Press is doing a great service with new editions of Fern Grower's Manual."

Avant Gardener

"By far the most important and informative home reference for fern-growing hobbyists."

Parkland Press

"Will prove essential to all persons in the northern hemisphere who love to grow pteridophytes."

—Rudolf Schmid, Taxon

"It is difficult to know where to begin extolling the merits of this hefty tome ... The new volume is sheer serendipity for all pteridomaniacs."

—Judith I. Jones, Fiddlehead Forum

About the authors

Barbara Joe Hoshizaki

Barbara Joe Hoshizaki is president of the American Fern Society. She is a former professor of botany at Los Angeles City College and held an associate research title at the University of California, Los Angeles. She has traveled widely and introduced many species to cultivation, and has written numerous articles on fern species.

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Robbin C. Moran

Robbin C. Moran is curator of ferns at the New York Botanical Garden. He is the author or coauthor of many papers and four books about ferns, including two published by Timber Press.

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