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Polystichum Plumosum Densum
(Soft Shield Fern)

£12.00 £10.20

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January - December
50cm x 50cm
Partial Shade, Shade
Easy Care
Fully Hardy

Polystichum Plumosum Densum, the ‘Soft Shield Fern,’ is your garden’s fluffiest comedian, offering a leafy stand-up act that’s bound to leave your plants rolling in the borders!

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Our Polystichum Plumosum Densum, or the 'Soft Shield Fern' - is the stunning unsung hero of your garden's comedy club! This charmingly dense and fluffy fern is all about bringing smiles and laughter to your outdoor space with its deep green fronds. The 'Soft Shield Fern' boasts fronds that resemble the softest pillows, covered in a delicate layer of tiny, fluffy leaflets. Its name alone, "Plumosum Densum," evokes an image of fluffy and textural elegance that's hard to resist. This fern is the life of the garden party, adding an element of surprise out from your dark and shady spots. The 'Soft Shield Fern' is an excellent choice for both newcomer gardeners and expert gardeners who appreciate a touch of humour and surprise in their outdoor space and what's more, caring for this fern is a breeze. We highly recommend 'Soft Shield Fern' to provide excellent ground cover in flower shaded borders and beds or used as under-planting, and suits a range of garden design aesthetics such as; City Garden designs, Courtyard Garden designs, Cottage Gardens along with Informal Gardens and Rockeries. With the 'Soft Shield Fern' as the headliner, your garden becomes a place of joy, laughter, and endless surprises. It's the quirky, fun-loving addition that brings a smile to your face and turns your garden into a whimsical haven of natural charm.

Planting Conditions

Planting Polystichum Plumosum Densum, the 'Soft Shield Fern,' is a breeze. Choose well-drained soil and provide partial to full shade, replicating its woodland preference. This adaptable fern fits effortlessly into various garden settings, from woodland gardens to shaded corners, offering versatility and charm. By emulating these conditions, you create an inviting home for this unique fern. Plant it at a depth that aligns with the existing soil level in the container and space them about 18 to 24 inches (45-60 cm) apart to allow for optimal growth. These planting conditions set the stage for your 'Soft Shield Fern' to flourish year after year.

Watering & Feeding

Caring for Polystichum Plumosum Densum, the 'Soft Shield Fern, involves maintaining even moisture levels by regularly watering to mimic its woodland habitat. Keep the soil consistently moist but not waterlogged, especially during dry spells. When it comes to feeding, this fern typically draws nutrients from the garden soil and doesn't require frequent fertilisation. However, a balanced, slow-release fertiliser application during the growing season can provide an extra boost for optimal growth. With its low-maintenance nature, the 'Soft Shield Fern' makes it easy to manage watering and feeding while it adds its glossy green foliage and interest to your garden with minimal effort.

General Care

General care for Polystichum Plumosum Densum, the 'Soft Shield Fern, involves regular monitoring for potential pests like slugs, which can affect ferns. Pruning damaged fronds during late Winter or early Spring maintains its tidy and attractive appearance while preventing potential issues. This low-maintenance fern is naturally resilient to many diseases, contributing to its ease of care. Plant it in well-drained soil with partial to full shade, replicating its woodland habitat preference.