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Planting Instructions for Matteuccia (ostrich fern):

Light:  Part shade to full shade Moisture:  Average to wet
Soil:  Humus-rich with regular moisture pH:  Slightly acidic to slightly alkaline
Planting Depth:  Top of crown at soil level, mulch lightly Spacing:  18 to 24" or more

Upon arrival:  Unpack box and check that you have everything on your packing list. Matteuccia should be just slightly moist when packaged. Plant everything within a day or two.

Soil/Location:  Plant ostrich ferns in part shade to full shade in humus-rich, moist soil. They are easy to grow and very adaptable but avoid hot, dry, and windy areas or they may burn or go dormant in the heat of the summer.

Moisture:  Matteuccia is native to swamps and wetlands where they get quite tall and are thick and dense spreaders. Keep them well watered for best growth although they are fairly adaptable to the garden.

Spacing:  18 to 24" or more, depending on coverage needed

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 very dry. Once they have sprouted they enjoy being watered a few times a week and should be given extra water during dry periods. 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:  Ostrich ferns make excellent background plants in the shade garden. Plant them with large or giant hostas and other tough perennials and shrubs then thin plants out as necessary. If you don't want them to take over a garden restrict them to large areas where they can spread freely or choose areas where their spreading can be controlled.

 
 
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