This section is from the book "The Gardener V1", by William Thomson. Also available from Amazon: The New Organic Grower: A Master's Manual of Tools and Techniques for the Home and Market Gardener.
Mr B. S. Williams's 'Select Ferns and Lycopods' is the best book we have on the culture of Ferns in general, and contains descriptions of all the best sorts, from which you can readily make a selection. The price of the book is 5s., and it can be obtained from any bookseller.
For the purpose you name - i.e., greenhouse culture in 48 (5-inch) pots, for the dinner-table - you will find the following sorts good: - Lomaria Gibba, Lomaria ciliata, Pteris cretica albo-lineata, Lastrea filix-mas cristata, Gleichenia dicarpa, Asplenium bulbiferum, Asplenium Fabianum, Adiantum hispidulum, and Adian-tum formosum.