Ostrich Fern

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Everybody loves ferns, and if you don't, Ostrich Fern's forgiving nature might just change your mind. Like other ferns, this one prefers more humidity than we typically have so select a place that has plenty of shade to prevent scorched leaves. Add plenty of compost to provide a nice, light, high humus soil. Once Ostrich Fern is established it really makes a statement and is likely to spread so pick an area that can take a few big plants. This may take a few years so don't be discouraged if you see it dying back occasionally, just trim out the brown and keep going.

Plant Details

Genus
Matteuccia
Species
struthiopteris
USDA Hardiness Zone
4
Plant Size
3-4'
Light Preference
Shade