Male Fern Dryopteris filix mas - 3 Pack of 9cm Pots
Dryopteris filix mas is a deciduous fern with tufts of dark green, lance shaped fronds. It is ideal for flower beds or borders, or underplanting roses and shrubs.
- Foliage Colour: dark green
- Approx. Growth Height: up to 1.5m
- Uses: informal gardens, flower beds and borders, underplanting shrubs, roses, wildflower meadow
- Tolerance: tolerant of cold temperatures
- Growing Habit: tufted
- Exposure: exposed or sheltered
- Hardiness: hardy
- Rate of Growth: will reach maximum height in 5-10 years
- Light Requirements: partial shade, full shade
- Soil Requirements: chalky, clay, loamy, sand, neutral, alkaline, acid
- Moisture: poorly drained, or moist but well drained
Caring and Maintenance:
You should incorporate lots of well-rotted leaf mould, composted pine needles or garden compost into the planting hole. Cut back decayed fronds in winter to allow new growth to emerge. This plant is low maintenance.
This fern will thrive in most types of soil. It prefers damp shaded areas in the understory of woodlands, but also shady places on hedge-banks, rocks, and screes. The semi-evergreen leaves have an upright habit and reach a maximum length of 150cm (59in), with a single crown on each rootstock.
Ferns are ideal plants for fully or partially shaded places in the garden. It is important to carefully prepare the soil, as most of them prefer moist, fertile, and humus-rich soil. Mulched bark spread around the plants will prevent the soil from drying out whilst protecting the roots from excessive heat. This layer will change over time in fresh humus, meaning that using artificial fertilizers is not necessary. If the soil conditions provided are right, they can be grown in half to full sun too.
Ferns have impressed with their simplicity and elegance for a long time. They bring life to dark corners of the garden, where most other plants would fail. In open areas, ferns look best in rock gardens and under trees, perfectly complementing its undergrowth. They can also be planted at the edges of water channels, where delicate leaves will be reflected by flowing water, adding a touch of magic and charm to the area. The foliage of ferns stay evergreen or turn into attractive red or russet hues through the winter months. Ferns are good companion plants of hostas, lilies of the valley, grasses, primroses and anemones.