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Polypodium ‘Vulgare’
(Common Polypody)


£20.00 £16.00
£12.00 £9.60

4 in stock

50cm x 100cm
Partial Shade, Sun
Easy Care
Fully Hardy
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Polypodium ‘Vulgare’ is a hardy, evergreen Fern loved by our team for its versatility and low-maintenance nature. With its attractive, leathery fronds, it adds a touch of greenery to shaded corners and woodland gardens. Ideal for ground cover, it pairs beautifully with Hostas and Heucheras. Its resilience and ability to thrive in various conditions make it a reliable choice for adding texture and lushness to your garden space.

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Our Polypodium 'Vulgare', also known as the "Common Polypody" – is a timeless classic in the world of ferns. This unassuming yet charming evergreen fern may not have an elaborate name, but its unpretentious beauty stands out in many garden settings. The "Common Polypody" boasts a simple and elegant appearance with its lush green fronds. Growing to an understated height, it adds a touch of traditional, natural beauty to your outdoor space. It thrives in various environments, from rocky woodlands to shaded corners, effortlessly adapting to a variety of different garden settings. You will find it produces a charming display of lance-shaped to oblong fronds with a distinctive structure. These pinnate fronds are typically leathery and bear a rich, dark green colour. With its down-to-earth charm, the "Common Polypody" is like your favourite pair of jeans – dependable and stylish in its simplicity. It doesn't demand the spotlight but brings a sense of comfort and nostalgia to your garden. What sets this fern apart is its remarkable ability to colonize in rocks, making it an exceptional choice for rock gardens, crevices, and any area where it can showcase its adaptability. The Common Polypody is a resilient and adaptable fern, making it an excellent addition to naturalistic or wild gardens. Whether you're an experienced gardener or just starting your fern journey, this ferns versatile nature and unique fronds make it a valuable asset in any outdoor space.

Planting Conditions

Planting Polypodium Vulgare, the "Common Polypody," is straightforward. Opt for well-drained soil in partial to full shade, mirroring its woodland preference. This adaptable fern effortlessly fits into various garden settings, including rocky woodlands and shaded or dappled shaded areas. Emulate these conditions for a successful planting. Polypodium Vulgare may have an unassuming name, but its presence will infuse your outdoor space with a sense of classic elegance, just like your favorite pair of jeans. It's an enduring choice, making your garden feel comfortable and inviting with its unpretentious style.

Watering & Feeding

Caring for the "Common Polypody" (Polypodium Vulgare) is relatively undemanding. This fern is naturally resilient, often drawing nutrients from the garden soil without requiring frequent feeding. Its watering needs are moderate, and it can tolerate periods of drought. While it's not a heavy feeder, a balanced, slow-release fertiliser during the growing season can enhance its vitality. Overall, the "Common Polypody" is like your trusty pair of jeans – low-maintenance and dependable.

General Care

General care for Polypodium Vulgare, the "Common Polypody," involves planting it in well-drained soil with partial to full shade to replicate its woodland habitat. This adaptable fern often draws nutrients from the garden soil, reducing the need for additional feeding. Maintain moderate watering, and the plant can tolerate periods of drought. Keep an eye out for common pests and diseases such as aphids, slugs, and fungal issues, but the "Common Polypody" is generally resilient. Pruning damaged fronds in late Winter or early Spring is recommended to ensure its appearance remains attractive. This fern offers an enduring and low-maintenance evergreen addition to your garden.