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donn
Great South Bay, Lon, NY
(Zone 7a)

June 3, 2006
3:17 PM

Post #2347565

I just ordered 20 Ferns, in 3" pots, from Park's Wholesale's clearance sale. Five each of the following:

Brilliance Autumn Fern (49587) ( Dryopteris erythrosora 'Brilliance' )

Ostrich Fern (43203) (Matteuccia struthiopteris )

Hardy Fern Ghost (40335) ( Athyrium nipponicum 'Ghost' )

Japanese Silver-Painted Fern (44460) (Athyrium goeringianum 'Pictum' )

I've never grown Ferns on purpose before, but I have a lot of shade.

Anything I need to know about how to deal with these guys when they get here? Do I pot them up and baby them for the summer, and then plant them out in the fall? Or just stick them in the ground when they get here, and let them fend for themselves. I have wet shade and dry shade, rich or lean soil, a saltwater coastal climate in zone 7. Soil is generally somewhat acid, but I'm good at making custom soil. Do any of them have issues with wind or salt fog?

Thanks in advance for any tips you may have for me.
marie_
West Central, WI
(Zone 4a)

June 4, 2006
10:43 PM

Post #2351998

You've ordered some great ferns there. Well done! I would plant them in the ground when you get them. Adding plenty of compost to the soil would be great. Most ferns prefer plenty of moisture, so especially the first year, don't let them dry out and be sure to mulch them well. My soil is acid and my ferns are doing just fine.

I have no experience with a salt water coastal climate, so hopefully someone else will jump in here with advice.
donn
Great South Bay, Lon, NY
(Zone 7a)

June 5, 2006
11:14 AM

Post #2353839

Thanks for the reply, Marie. I have spots ready for them, with good woodland soil and plenty of moisture. From my reading, they seem to be pretty carefree.

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