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Planting Instructions for Thelypteris (Japanese beech fern):

Light:  Part shade to full shade Moisture:  Average to moist
Soil:  Humus-rich, moist but well drained pH:  Slightly acidic to neutral
Planting Depth:  Top of crown at soil level, mulch lightly Spacing:  18 to 24"

Upon arrival:  Unpack box and check that you have everything on your packing list. The ferns should be in dry peat without excessive moisture. If condensation has built up in the bag it can be opened to air out for a short time, but don't let the plant desiccate. Plant everything within a day or two.

Soil/Location:  Plant beech ferns in part shade to full shade in humus-rich, moist but well-drained soil. They are easy to grow and very adaptable to almost any soil and are surprisingly drought tolerant.

Moisture:  Japanese beech ferns are native to walls and rocks in the lowlands and low mountains of Asia from Kashmir to Taiwan and Japan. The enjoy some regular moisture but are fairly drought tolerant.

Spacing:  18 to 24", they will spread slowly but are easily divided

Depth:  Plant your ferns with the top of the crown just slightly below 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 but generally won't need extra water while dormant unless the soil gets very dry. Once they have sprouted they enjoy being watered a couple times a week. 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. Japanese beech ferns grow from short underground runners. To propagate simply lift, divide, and replant. They hold their green color all season long and into the fall until a hard freeze finally puts them to bed for the winter.

Landscape Uses:  Japanese beech ferns spread slowly to form a beautiful colony of bright green foliage. Use it as a groundcover, background plant, or filler between hostas, pulmonaria, and other woodland plants. It also looks great as an accent to the tall purple foliage of Actaea 'Brunette'.

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