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Reliable, long lived and easy to grow, hardy ferns are tolerant of cold winter temperatures and can be grown ferns.jpgoutdoors year-round. Adaptable and versatile, hardy ferns can be used as border plants or in containers and even for erosion control. Most ferns do require a moist, shady spot to perform well.
Hardy Ferns add textures to any shade garden. Fern care is easy when planted in moist, humus rich, and well-drained soil.

PLANTING: Space plants according to the ultimate size of species you have chosen. Most hardy ferns prefer a shady or partly shaded location protected from the sun and hot, dry winds. Soil should be light or loose and highly organic. Take care not to plant crowns too deep, set them at or just below soil level. Mulch at planting time, and make sure plants have ample water during the spring and early summer, particularly during the first few years, when plants are establishing themselves.

MAINTENANCE: We recommend that no fertilizer be used on hardy ferns; mulching will provide enough organic matter. It's best not to disturb the duff (the layer of decaying vegetation that covers the soil around the plant). Overhead spraying from time to time is beneficial. Divide as necessary by separating the rhizomes, this should be done before new growth begins in the spring or, preferably, as plants go dormant in the fall. Good irrigation practices are essential when growing ferns. It is best to water early in the day to allow the fronds plenty of time to dry before nightfall. Allow the soil to dry slightly between waterings. Ferns can be sensitive to high salt levels incurred from commercial fertilizers. Use about half of the amount of fertilizer you would use with other perennials.

  • Osmunda regalis bare root plant

    Osmunda regalis (bare root plant)

    Osmunda regalisCommon Name: royal fernFamily: OsmundaceaeZone: 3 to 9Height: 2 to 3 feetSpread: 2 to 3 feetSun: Part shade to full shadeWater: Medium to wetMaintenance: LowNaturalize, Rain GardenTolerate: Rabbit, Heavy Shade, Wet Soil Mature field grown...

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  • Polystichum acrostichoides bare root plant

    Polystichum acrostichoides (bare root plant)

    Polystichum acrostichoides CHRISTMAS FERN Zones 3 to 9, Partial to full shade. Mature height one to two feet high, space 18 to 24 inches. Evergreen, dark, shiny green fronds are leathery and lance-shaped and divided with holly-like leaflets. Typically...

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  • Polystichum acrostichoides 3.5 inch pot

    Polystichum acrostichoides (3.5 inch pot)

    Polystichum acrostichoides CHRISTMAS FERN Zones 3 to 9, Partial to full shade.Mature height one to two feet high, space 18 to 24 inches. Evergreen, dark, shiny green fronds are leathery and lance-shaped and divided with holly-like leaflets.Typically...

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  • Osmunda regalis 3.5 inch pot

    Osmunda regalis (3.5 inch pot)

    Osmunda regalisCommon Name: royal fernFamily: OsmundaceaeZone: 3 to 9Height: 2 to 3 feetSpread: 2 to 3 feetSun: Part shade to full shadeWater: Medium to wetMaintenance: LowNaturalize, Rain GardenTolerate: Rabbit, Heavy Shade, Wet Soil Click here for more...

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  • Matteuccia struthiopteris 3.5 inch pot

    Matteuccia struthiopteris (3.5 inch pot)

    Matteuccia struthiopteris a/k/a Ostrich fern Zone 3 to 7, Full sun to full shadePlants reach 3 to 6 feet tall and 3 to 4 feet wide. A native species, Ostrich is one of the largest and most popular ferns in cultivation today. The dark green, pinnate...

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  • Dryopteris ludoviciana 3.5 inch pot

    Dryopteris ludoviciana (3.5 inch pot)

    Dryopteris ludoviciana - Southern Shield Fern aka Aspidium ludovicianum, D. floridana, Nephrodium floridanum, Florida Shield Fern, Southern Wood Fern Zone: 6a to 9b Height: 2-4 ft Width: 1-2 ft Evergreen For part-shade to shade. Semi-evergreen fronds...

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  • Dennstaedtia punctilobula bare root plant

    Dennstaedtia punctilobula (bare root plant)

    Dennstaedtia punctilobula Common Name: hay-scented fernFamily: Dennstaedtiaceae Zone: 3 to 8 Height: 1.5 to 2 feet Spread: 2 to 3 feet Part shade to full shade Water: Medium Tolerate: Rabbit, Heavy Shade Native Eastern North America Mature field grown...

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  • Athyrium niponicum Pictum 3.5 inch pot

    Athyrium niponicum 'Pictum' (3.5 inch pot)

    Athyrium niponicum var. 'pictum' Common name: JAPANESE PAINTED FERN Zone 3b to 8, Part shade to full shade. Height is 8 to 20 inches and slowly spreading clump grows to 18 - 30 inches. 2004 Perennial Plant of the Year. Tri-colored, 12 to 18 inch fronds...

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  • Athyrium felix-femina 3.5 inch pot

    Athyrium 'felix-femina' (3.5 inch pot)

    Athyrium filix-femina a/k/a Fern-Lady Zones 3 to 8; Part shade to full shade. Mature size 18 to 30 inch height, spreads 24 inches. Native to North America, this deciduous is common to moist sites throughout the northern hemisphere. It is characterized...

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  • Athyrium Nipponicum Pictum 10ct Quarts

    Athyrium Nipponicum 'Pictum' (10)ct Quarts

    Athyrium niponicum var. 'pictum' Common name: JAPANESE PAINTED FERN Zone 3b to 8, Part shade to full shade. Height is 8 to 20 inches and slowly spreading clump grows to 18 - 30 inches. 2004 Perennial Plant of the Year. Tri-colored, 12 to 18 inch fronds...

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  • Matteuccia struthiopteris 20ct Flat

    Matteuccia struthiopteris (20)ct Flat

    Matteuccia struthiopteris a/k/a Ostrich fern Zone 3 to 7, Full sun to full shadePlants reach 3 to 6 feet tall and 3 to 4 feet wide. A native species, Ostrich is one of the largest and most popular ferns in cultivation today. The dark green, pinnate...

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  • Dryopteris erythrosora Brilliance 20ct Flat

    Dryopteris erythrosora 'Brilliance' (20)ct Flat

    Dryopteris erythrosora 'Brilliance' a/k/a Autumn fern Zone 5 to 8, Partial to full shade Plants reach 18 to 24 inches tall and wide, with upright, open habit and moderate density. Brillianceis a new and more colorful form of the ever-popular Autumn Fern,...

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  • Athyrium niponicum 'Pictum'

    Athyrium niponicum 'Pictum' (20)ct Flat

    Athyrium niponicum 'Pictum' Common name: JAPANESE PAINTED FERN Zone 3b to 8, Part shade to full shade. Height is 12 to 18 inches and slowly spreading clump grows to 18 - 30 inches. 2004 Perennial Plant of the Year. Tri-colored, 12 to 18 inch fronds...

    $176.00
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