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Ostrich Fern

Matteuccia struthiopteris

Large, feathery, upright fern.

One of the most common native ferns, growing all over northern regions. Plants form a large, upright clump of big green fronds. In spring the unfurling fiddleheads are often harvested in the wild as a gourmet treat. Roots are spreading, and plants can form quite a large patch in time. Requires plenty of water through the summer, otherwise the foliage may become dormant. Cinnamon-brown fertile fronds push up from the centre of each clump in summer, and these remain attractive all winter long. Prune off dead foliage and fertile fronds in late winter. Deciduous.

Characteristics:

Bloom Time:

Foliage plant all season

Mature Height:

35-47 Inches

Hardiness Zone:

2-9 Find your zone

Exposure:

Partial Sun,Full Shade

Features and Usage:

Greenhouse Growing Instructions:

Grow on at 60-70° F to flush fronds, once fully open drop temperature to 58-63° F. Provide 50% shade, keep evenly moist and never allow to completely dry out. Water early so fronds dry before nightfall. Fertilize sparingly. Plants generally finish in 6-10 weeks based on growing conditions.
Plants Per Gallon: 1
Storage Temperature Prior to Planting: 38
Cooler Humidity Prior to Planting: Low

Transplanting Instructions:

Plant in well draining soil keeping crown of the plant at the same level it was in the plug. Once potted, water immediately and apply a broad spectrum fungicide according to directions to avoid crown and root rot.

Homeowner Planting and Maintenance Tips:

Easy to grow in humus-rich soil in partial shade to shade.

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We have done our best to describe this plant as accurately as possible, however, different climates
and growing conditions in different parts of the country will affect height, bloom time, and color.