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Dryopteris Linearis Polydactyla
(Lace Fern)

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January - October
150cm x 100cm
Partial Shade, Shade
Easy Care
Fully Hardy

Dryopteris Linearis Polydactyla, aka the “Lace Fern.” Its fronds are like the finest lace, but don’t worry, it’s not high-maintenance – it won’t get snagged on your garden gloves!

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Dryopteris Linearis Polydactyla, commonly called Lace Fern, is a unique deciduous fern variety that stands out for its large shuttlecock-like clumps of erect to arching fronds, reaching impactful sizes. The mid-green finely dissected, delicate lace-like fronds have an airy appearance as the narrow pinnae are widely spaced with multi-forked tips. Its intricate foliage creates a delicate and ethereal effect, adding a touch of interest and texture to Shaded Borders, Woodland Gardens, City Gardens, Courtyard Gardens, Cottage Gardens, Informal Gardens and under-planting of Roses and Shrubs. This unique fern, native to North America, stands out with its finely divided fronds, resembling intricate lacework. It's like the garden's lace-clad diva, standing strong in the face of temperature fluctuations without losing its elegance. Caring for the "Lace Fern" is as light-hearted as its name. Plant it in well-drained soil with partial to full shade, replicating its natural woodland habitat. Keep the soil consistently moist but avoid waterlogged conditions, and you'll have the perfect stage for this garden star. Dryopteris Linearis Polydactyla, the "Lace Fern," brings an element of finesse to your outdoor space without demanding much attention. It's like the garden's delicate but dependable friend, adding a touch of sophisticated whimsy to your garden. With this fern, your garden becomes a lace-adorned masterpiece waiting to be explored.

Planting Conditions

Planting the "Lace Fern," Dryopteris Linearis Polydactyla, is a breeze. Mimic its native woodland habitat by selecting a location with well-drained soil and offering partial to full shade. This adaptable fern thrives in various environments, from moist woodlands to shaded gardens. The key is to create a setting that replicates its natural habitat. With minimal direct sunlight, you provide a comfortable home for this delicate but resilient fern. As you plant it in the right conditions, you set the stage for a garden adorned with the intricate beauty of the "Lace Fern," transforming it into a lush, living masterpiece.

Watering & Feeding

Caring for the "Lace Fern," Dryopteris Linearis Polydactyla, is a low-maintenance delight. Keep the soil consistently moist, matching its woodland preferences, but avoid waterlogged conditions. This fern doesn't require frequent feeding, as it typically thrives on the nutrients available in your garden soil. A modest application of balanced, slow-release fertiliser during the growing season can boost its vitality. With minimal care, the "Lace Fern" adds an element of elegance and sophistication to your garden. It's like the garden's sophisticated yet undemanding companion, ready to enhance your outdoor space with a touch of botanical artistry without causing you much trouble.

General Care

Caring for Dryopteris Linearis Polydactyla, the "Lace Fern," is an easygoing task. Plant it in well-drained soil with partial to full shade, recreating its natural woodland habitat. Keep the soil consistently moist, mimicking its preferred conditions, while avoiding waterlogged situations. This fern generally doesn't demand frequent fertilisation; it usually prospers with the nutrients already present in your garden soil. Adding a bit of slow-release, balanced fertiliser during the growing season can give it a boost, but it's not a strict requirement. With its adaptability and low-maintenance nature, the "Lace Fern" becomes your garden's charming companion, adding a touch of sophistication to your outdoor space with minimal effort. Dead or damaged fronds may be removed as necessary and this Lace Fern is generally disease and pest free. Easy peasy!