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How do you care for Polystichum ferns?

Polystichum setiferum

  1. Position: full or partial shade.
  2. Soil: fertile, humus-rich, well-drained soil.
  3. Rate of growth: average.
  4. Hardiness: fully hardy.
  5. Garden care: Incorporate lots of well-rotted leaf mould, composted pine needles or garden compost into the planting hole.

Is polystichum a fern evergreen?

Polystichum – Shield Ferns. A large genus of gorgeous and obliging ferns, evergreen and many happy in dry shade.

How do you grow Polystichum?

Grow Polystichum setiferum in moist but well-drained soil in partial shade. Cut plants back in winter to create space for spring bulbs, or leave in place until April when new fronds appear.

Should I cut back my ferns in the fall?

Lightly cutting back ferns in autumn before winter can help clean up your outdoor ferns in preparation for weathering winter conditions, but you don’t want to necessarily do a heavy pruning in fall or winter because the fronds that stay on all winter may help protect your fern in winter months.

Is holly fern an indoor plant?

Japanese holly fern tolerates low humidity, which makes it a great houseplant. Plant it in a 12- to 18-inch container filled with a good quality potting mix. Site it in a room with medium light; direct sunlight can scorch this plant’s foliage.

Is holly fern Hardy?

Fortune’s hardy holly fern is a charming woodland fern that develops stiff, upright branches of green, leathery fronds. This easy-care perennial fern also grows well in pots and planters. Hardy from zones 6-9.

What can I plant with polystichum?

Polystichum setiferum is a large, British native evergreen fern, bearing soft, dark green fronds that emerge upright before unfurling and falling open. It works well among other shade-loving plants such as Solomon’s seal and hostas, and it contrasts well with glossy, hardy ferns such as Asplenium scolopendrium.

Will ferns grow in dry shade?

Fern friends Many ferns do well in dry shade. Their intricate leaves (fronds) are beautiful in their own right, and combine well with other plants, especially those with big shiny leaves, or narrow, grassy ones. Look out for shield ferns (Polystichum) and Dryopteris ferns as they are among the best for dry gardens.

Do ferns grow back if you cut them?

If you are not liking the look of your plant at all, you can cut it down to just above the crown, much as you do with an outdoor fern. Use sharp, clean scissors to cut off the fronds. The fern will grow back from the crown, if you let it remain.

What kind of fronds does a holly fern have?

This fern has a wide arching vase of lustrous, bipinnate dark green, leathery fronds. The blade tapers to the base. It has 20 to 40 pairs of closely spaced pinna and 16 to 18 pairs of closely spaced, bristle-toothed, oblong or ovate pinnules.

What kind of soil does Braum’s holly fern grow in?

Polystichum braunii, commonly called Braum’s Holly Fern is a creeping, crown forming rhizome. It prefers moist, humus rich soil but tolerates dry soil after established. It also prefers cool temperatures. This plant is seldom damaged by deer.

What kind of soil do Polystichum ferns grow in?

These wonderful foliage plants offer a long season of interest and are all choice plants for the rock garden, shade garden, borders or as groundcovers. Easy to grow, Polystichum perform best in light shade and moist soil.

What to do about crown rot on holly fern?

Crown rot is especially troublesome in poorly drained soils. Holly fern is an evergreen fern in most areas. Care for it in spring by cutting back the old fronds right after new growth emerges. Top-dress the mulch around plants if needed to maintain a 2-inch-thick layer of mulch or compost.