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Dryopteris Dilatata Fern

Dryopteris Dilatata Fern


40cm height / 14cm Pot

SKU: fer023
    • Introducing Dryopteris dilatata, a captivating fern species that adds elegance and charm to any garden or indoor space. With its lush green fronds and graceful arching habit, this fern is a timeless choice for both novice and seasoned gardeners alike.

      Standing out with its finely divided, lance-shaped fronds, Dryopteris dilatata brings a touch of natural beauty to any landscape or botanical arrangement. Its sturdy nature makes it well-suited for a variety of growing conditions, thriving in both shaded woodland gardens and brighter, more open areas.

    • 40cm in height. 
    • 14cm pot.
    • Here are some general care instructions for growing Dryopteris outdoors in the UK:

    • Location: Dryopteris ferns prefer partial to full shade. They can tolerate some sunlight but do best in a location with dappled or indirect sunlight, especially in the afternoon.

    • Soil: Plant your Dryopteris ferns in well-draining soil rich in organic matter. They prefer soil that is consistently moist but not waterlogged.

    • Watering: Keep the soil consistently moist, especially during dry spells. Water deeply when the top inch of soil feels dry to the touch. Avoid letting the soil dry out completely or become waterlogged.

    • Mulching: Apply a layer of organic mulch, such as shredded bark or leaf mold, around the base of the ferns. Mulch helps retain soil moisture and suppresses weed growth.

    • Fertilization: Dryopteris ferns generally do not require frequent fertilization. However, you can apply a balanced, slow-release fertilizer in spring to promote healthy growth.

    • Pruning: Remove any dead or damaged fronds as needed to maintain the appearance of the plant. Cut them back to the base of the plant using clean, sharp pruners.

    • Protection: In colder regions, protect your Dryopteris ferns from harsh winter conditions by applying a layer of mulch over the crown of the plant. This helps insulate the roots and protect them from freezing temperatures.

    • Pests and Diseases: Dryopteris ferns are relatively resistant to pests and diseases, but they may occasionally be affected by issues such as aphids or scale insects. Monitor your plants regularly and treat any infestations promptly with an appropriate insecticide or fungicide.

    • Division: Over time, Dryopteris ferns may become overcrowded. To rejuvenate the plants and prevent overcrowding, you can divide them in spring or early autumn. Dig up the clump and carefully separate the individual plants, then replant them in well-prepared soil.

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