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Lady Fern

Lady Fern | Woodland Garden Plant
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Planting Zones: 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
Plant Type: Deciduous
Light requirements: Partial Sun, Shade
Soil Conditions: Moist, Wet
Height at Maturity: 2 - 3 ft
Growth Rate: Fast
Fragrant: No
Qty Description Regular Price Member Price
Lady Fern 3.5 Inch Pots (1 Plant) $7.95 $6.95
Lady Fern 3.5 Inch Pots (3 Plants) $19.95 $16.95
Lady Ferns Bareroot (5 tubers) $15.95 $12.95
Lady Ferns Bareroot (10 tubers) $23.95 $19.95
Lady Ferns Bareroot (30 tubers) $59.95 $53.95

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Lady Ferns are available as:

  • 3.5 inch pots
  • bare root tubers

Orders shipping to the following states: AZ, CA, CO, ID, MT, NV, OR, UT, WA, and WY are subject to a 20% handling charge due to additional plant preparation and shipping surcharges.


Lady Fern, Athyrium felix-feminand, have yellow-green to medium green fronds with feathery blade pairs. The upper blades of the Lady Fern are long-tapering and ascending. Plants spread slowly to form dense clumps. Under the right conditions lady ferns will continue to send up new fronds well into the summer months.

How to Grow: Lady ferns are one of the easiest ferns to grow. They prefer to be grown in part to full shade in average to rich, moist but well-drained soil that is neutral to slightly acid. Plants can be divided and transplanted in spring and early summer, planting the crown at the surface.

Landscape uses: Plant lady ferns in the woodland garden with hostas and other shade plants, or with large flowering plants and shrubs.
 

Planting and caring for bare root fernsevergreen ferns and container ferns:

Fern plants grow mostly in lightly shaded to fully shaded areas. They prefer moist, rich humus soil with a slightly acid pH (5.3 to 5.5 pH range). Sphagnum peat moss is good to add to the soil for holding moisture and will add some acid to the soil as it decomposes. 

The hole should not only be large enough to hold the tuber, but allowing at least an inch or two from the top of the tuber to the top of the hole. The smaller ferns, such as Maidenhair fern, can be planted about 18 to 24 inches apart. The edible Ostrich ferns, Christmas ferns and Royal Ferns grow larger and should be planted no closer than 24 inches apart.

Top with a good layer of mulch (shredded bark mulch, aged compost or aged manure mix) or a light layer of straw for added moisture and to keep the ground cool. Water as needed to keep the soil moist.  As the ground warms in late spring, the fronds will begin sprouting.
 
Deciding which end of the tuber is up can be daunting. Sometimes the tip is visible on the top portion and other times there will be root hairs extending from the bottom. If in doubt, the tuber can be planted in a sideways position.
 
Cutting the fall die back to the ground and applying a fresh layer of mulch will help to protect the fern tubers from popping out of the ground over winter freeze/thaw cycles as well as from squirrels or other critters digging them up for winter food.

 

 

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