2-3 Litre Pot
- RHS Award of Garden Merit
- Position: Full shade, partial shade
- Soil: Moist, well drained
- Growth Rate: Average
- Hardiness: H7
- Eventual Height: 0.8 – 1.2m
- Eventual Spread: 0.8 – 1.2m
Dryopteris Polydactyla, also known as the “Male Fern’ and a holder of the prestigious RHS Award of Garden Merit, is a hardy and versatile fern species that is native to Asia. This fern is known for its unique fronds, which are characterised by their many finger-like extensions. These fronds can grow up to 1.2 metres in length, making this a striking addition to any garden or landscaping.
This Dryopteris is a shade-loving plant, making it a great choice for areas of your garden that receive little sunlight. It is also highly adaptable, and can thrive in a variety of soil types and pH levels. This fern is also known for being drought-tolerant, making it a low-maintenance option for gardeners.
In addition to its visual appeal, the Dryopteris also has a rich history. The fern has been used in traditional medicine in Asia for centuries to treat a variety of ailments. It is also considered to be a symbol of longevity and good luck in many cultures.
How to care for your Dryopteris Polydactyla
- Light: Prefers partial to full shade, so it is important to place it in an area of your garden or landscape that receives little direct sunlight.
- Water: This fern is drought-tolerant, but it still prefers consistently moist soil. Be sure to water it regularly and keep the soil consistently damp, but not waterlogged.
- Soil: It is adaptable and can thrive in a variety of soil types and pH levels. However, it prefers well-draining soil that is high in organic matter.
- Temperature: It is hardy and can tolerate a wide range of temperatures down to < -20˚C.
- Fertiliser: Fertilising is not necessary, but you can feed the fern with a balanced, slow-release fertiliser once a year.
- Pruning: Prune the fronds as they turn yellow or brown, and remove them to keep the plant looking its best.
- Propagation: It is easy to propagate via spores, and can also be propagated by dividing the rhizome.
By following these tips, you can ensure that your Dryopteris Polydactyla stays healthy and thrives in your garden or landscape.