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Christmas Fern

Polystichum acrostichoides

This variety sports the standard arching green fronds.

Native to Eastern North America, this is one of the most familiar and widely grown garden ferns. Plants form a tidy, low to medium-sized clump of dark-green, leathery fronds, remaining evergreen in most regions. Adapts well to many garden situations, preferring a rich, moist soil. Tolerates summer heat and humidity. Easy and reliable.

Characteristics:

Bloom Time:

Foliage plant all season

Mature Height:

12-23 Inches

Hardiness Zone:

3-9 Find your zone

Exposure:

Full Shade,Partial 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 moist soil in partial shade to deep shade. Sun tolerant if kept moist. Native evergreen fern grows equally well in rich moist or dry rocky soil.

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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.