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Spreading Wood Fern


Description: Wood Fern (Buckler Fern)-Thelypteris kunthii Hardy Planting Zones- 3-8 Sun or Shade – Partial-Full Shade Mature Height - 2-5' Mature Width- 8-12" Bloom Season – n/a Gardener Status- Beginner
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    Spreading Wood Fern – Dryopteris expansa


    The Spreading Wood Fern is an unusual choice for gardeners looking for greenery that will grow and thrive in shaded and partially shaded areas. Wood Ferns grow in clumps and feature spreading green leaves (called fronds) that come to a soft point. They are an ideal choice for those looking for plants that will add color and texture but that require a minimal amount of care.

    In the wild, ferns can reach 20 feet in height and 10 feet in width. It is rare however for domestically planted ferns to reach these extremes; most garden ferns top out at around 3-4 feet. Ferns grow relatively slowly and, if planted outside, may take decades to outgrow their space.

    Wood ferns do best when grown in soil that is rich, well-drained and consistently moist. If necessary, however, hey can tolerate dry shade for short periods of time.

    Once planted, ferns require a minimal amount of care. This makes them an excellent choice for part-time or occasional gardeners. They will happily draw the nutrients they need from leaf-litter dropped from surrounding trees, or from the rare offering of compost mulch. They are also amazingly hardy plants and can tolerate extremes of heat and cold.

    Ferns once composed a large part of the diet of the dinosaurs. Modern-day animals and insects, however (except slugs) tend to avoid munching on them.

    Wood Ferns can be planted in shaded areas where other plants refuse to grow or used to add color and texture an existing shade garden. They also offer simple yet elegant ways to dress up the landscaping around a pool or pond. In addition to being planted in gardens, ferns can be put in pots and either hung or placed in strategic locations around a porch or balcony.

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    1. Clean

      Sometimes when I buy potted plants they are full of weeds. These bare root plants were clean and look good. on Mar 31st 2017

    2. Dense grower

      It grows thicker than I imagined and is doing a good job where I needed them on Mar 31st 2017

    3. Love how it spreads

      This fern spreads just like the description says it will. It is like it is creeping across the ground. It is amazing. on Mar 31st 2017

    4. Easy to take care of

      This fern is an easy to take care of fern. Most need some maintenance but this one doesnt need any except for a little shade and water. on Mar 29th 2017

    5. Easy to plant

      It came packaged well and had easy to follow instructions. It was easy to plant and is doing well. on Mar 28th 2017

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