Easy Ferns To Grow

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Easy Ferns To Grow- Tips For Success

Ferns are easy and fun! Found all over temperate parts of the Northern Hemisphere, wood fern (Dryopteris spp.) is a shade-loving woodland plant. Many varieties are native to North America. Still, the largest number of varieties are found in Asia.

Although prevalent in the wild, wood fern and close relatives are widely used in landscaping and ornamental gardens. They bear no flowers, but their lacy, upright growth habit provides texture and height in the shade garden.

Easy Ferns To Grow- Species

Dryopteris species ferns can grow up to 20 feet high and spread up to 10 feet across, depending on the specific variety and under optimal growing conditions.

Wood ferns prefer moist, rich soil, similar to the natural soil found on the forest floor. Enriching the soil in their planting bed with leaf mulch will significantly benefit them and contribute to healthy, robust growth.

This species of ferns were traditionally used in folk medicine to remove parasites from humans and animals. It has the unique ability to eradicate pests without harming the host person or animal.

Ferns are a staple for most upscale border and shade gardens throughout the south.

 

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