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Shuttlecock Fern

Matteuccia struthiopteris (Ostrich Fern)

Hardy Perennial

A hardy deciduous fern producing elegant lime green fronds which unfurl gracefully in spring, giving the plant a shuttlecock-like appearance. Easy to grow and awarded an RHS AGM, the shuttlecock fern makes a fabulous architectural addition to borders, woodland gardens and the edges of ponds. Growing best in moist shady areas, this large fern, also known as the ostrich fern, is superb for tricky damp areas of the garden and is incredibly low-maintenance. Slowly spreading by underground rhizomes, Matteuccia struthiopteris is also a good groundcover plant. Height: 1.2m (4'). Spread: 1m (3'). Supplied in a 9cm pot.

Ideal For:
groundcover, low maintenance garden, cottage gardens, water garden, woodland garden
Flowering Period:
July, August
Position:
dappled shade, shade, semi shade
    • 1 plant in 9cm pot

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    • Despatch: By end of October 2014
    • £9.99
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Gradually acclimatise shuttlecock ferns to outdoor conditions over a period of 7 to 10 days. Grow ostrich ferns in a fertile, moist but well drained soil, in partial or full shade. They prefer a neutral to slightly acid soil which is rich in organic matter. Incorporate plenty of well-rotted manure or compost prior to planting to improve heavy clay or light sandy soils. Plant ostrich ferns at the same level as they were in the pot and firm in, watering well to settle the soil.
Water fern plants regularly during periods of hot and dry weather. Remove dead fronds in early spring and apply a mulch of well-rotted manure or compost around the crown of each plant. Overcrowded clumps of Matteuccia struthiopteris plants should be lifted and divided in early spring.
We will do our best to ship your plants or bulbs to you at the ideal time for planting as stated against each product. We recommend that you prepare your soil, planting beds or patio containers ahead of time so you are ready to plant out, or pot on, just as soon as your order arrives. You will find the name of the variety printed on the top line of the address label on your package. Please ensure that you open the packaging immediately and carefully read through the instruction leaflet provided. For greatest success, please pot on or plant out as soon as possible, following the cultural instructions enclosed with your order.
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