Ferns are making a comeback and are now available in a wide range of species. Most ferns are not difficult to grow in the home but they will not tolerate neglect. The soil must never be allowed to dry out and they prefer to be kept moist. Ferns like to be placed in an area with plenty of indirect light, like an east-or-north facing windowsill. Some of the more popular varieties include the Boston Compacta and Bird’s Nest varieties.