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Planting Instructions for Cyrtomium (holly fern):

Light:  Part shade to full shade Moisture:  Average, dry in winter
Soil:  Humus-rich, moist but very well-draining pH:  Slightly acidic to slightly alkaline
Planting Depth:  Top of crown at soil level, mulch lightly Spacing:  15 to 18"

Upon arrival:  Unpack box and check that you have everything on your packing list. Cyrtomium should be relatively dry when packaged. Plant everything within a day or two.

Soil/Location:  Plant holly ferns in part shade to full shade in loose and airy, humus-rich, moist soil that drains really well, especially in winter. Build up the area if needed or plant them at the edge of a ledge or wall.

Moisture:  Cyrtomium likes some regular moisture so long as the location is very well drained and never wet.

Spacing:  15 to 18"

Depth:  Plant your ferns with the top of the crown just about even with the soil level and then topdress with a light covering of compost or mulch.

General Instructions:  Enrich your garden with generous amounts of compost or peat humus. Plant the roots at the depth listed, then water in once. Your ferns will start sprouting as soon as the soil warms and generally won't need extra water while dormant unless the soil gets extremely dry. Once they have sprouted they enjoy being watered a couple times a week so long as the soil is never soggy. If drainage is an issue build up the garden area or add crushed stone to the area to improve aeration. Most ferns are fertilizer (salt) and chemical sensitive, so avoid chemical fertilizers and insecticides and instead improve the soil with organic matter to help them grow better.

Landscape Uses:  Plant holly fern in small groups with hostas, spring bulbs, bleeding hearts, Pulmonaria, Tiarella, Epimedium, and other woodland plants where their evergreen foliage will add a nice accent to the garden all year long.

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