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Greenwood Nursery has a wide range of bare root ferns and potted ferns, all at affordable prices for your garden plantings. Ferns create a soft, feathery foliage that will add color and texture to your garden. They are also low-maintenance ornamental plants. Ferns are great shade loving garden plants that come in a wide range of colors, from bright green to gold, orange and pale sage green.

Fern plants are the perfect woodland garden plantsGrowing ferns as shade plants in shaded areas will provide height, texture, color and motion. Christmas Ferns and Autumn Brilliance Ferns are evergreen ferns, while Ostrich Fern is the only fern with edible fiddleheadsMaidenhair fernlady fern and cinnamon fern are a few of the more interesting fern plants

Hostas, heucheras, hydrangeas, and tiarellas make excellent companion plants for fern plant gardens. This selection of container and bare root ferns are hardy plants and will grow in most of the continental U.S. Ferns are one of the most low maintenance shade loving plants.

Planting and caring for bare root ferns, evergreen ferns and potted 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, can be planted about 18 to 24 inches apart. Ostrich, Christmas 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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