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Polystichum Rigens
(Rigid Shield Fern)

£12.00 £9.60

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January - December
50cm x 50cm
Partial Shade, Shade
Easy Care
Fully Hardy
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Say ‘hello’ to the ‘Rigid Shield Fern,’ the garden’s silent soldier. With fronds as tough as a warrior’s armor, it’s ready to shield your garden from boredom, one leaf at a time

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Introducing the Polystichum Rigens, affectionately referred to as the 'Rigid Shield Fern.' This evergreen fern, known for its unique and striking characteristics. The 'Rigid Shield Fern' is a compact fern that boasts a robust nature. Its fronds are rigid and leathery, resembling an intricate shield, which lends a sense of resilience and durability to your garden. This fern's lush green colour is a symbol of vitality and endurance, making it a welcome addition to your landscape. Not only is the 'Rigid Shield Fern' visually appealing, but it's also a low-maintenance plant, requiring minimal care. It thrives in shaded or partially shaded areas, making it versatile and adaptable to various garden conditions. This fern's ability to add texture and depth to your garden's overall aesthetic is undeniable. We highly recommend your Polystichum Rigens as excellent ground cover in 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. Whether you're an experienced gardener or a novice, the 'Rigid Shield Fern' is an excellent choice. Its distinctive appearance, resilience, and ease of care make it a valuable asset to your garden. So, if you're looking to enhance your garden with a touch of botanical strength and character, the 'Rigid Shield Fern' is the perfect choice for you.

Planting Conditions

Planting Polystichum Rigens, the 'Rigid 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 'Rigid Shield Fern' to flourish year after year.

Watering & Feeding

Caring for Polystichum Rigens, the 'Rigid 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 'Tassel 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 Rigens, the 'Rigid 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.