Some ferns, however, do have special needs, such as the staghorn fern. This fern requires no soil whatsoever to grow and thrive. Caring for staghorn ferns is very different from caring for other types of ferns.
The staghorn fern will grow on the side of a tree, or hanging on a piece of wood. Staghorn fern care involves letting the falling debris remain on the plant as this gives the plant additional nourishment, other than what it receives from the air around it.
Caring for ferns also entails the atmosphere around the plants.
Most ferns prefer a good deal of humidity, as they are often native to rain forests and swamps. Misting ferns regularly is the best way to obtain this, if natural humidity is not available.
Additional information about fern care can be found on the Internet through search engines or on websites hosted by nurseries or garden centers.
Local universities with agricultural programs will also have good information on fern care.
There are even books in local libraries that detail caring for ferns and other such plants.