Christmas Fern Polystichum acrostichoides
Christmas Fern: The Christmas fern gets its name from its evergreen state, which remains unapologetically green even after most other perennial plants go into winter dormancy.
Members of the Polystichum genus are some of the hardiest ferns, with remarkable tolerance to cold or other unfavorable conditions. Better yet, they require little help from you to thrive for many seasons. All they ask of you is water during the hot or dry stretches during the year.
Christmas Fern has a lush evergreen appearance
The leaves of Christmas ferns are dark green with a lighter green. The fern's heads are also green and covered in silvery white scales, which release upon opening.
The leaflet of a Christmas Fern is a petite and round shape. It has twenty to thirty-five pairs of leaflets arranged alternately along its stem. Its leaflets are up to one-and-a-half inches long and have a lobe near the base. They also have bristle-tipped teeth on their margins and may have a variable form with a slight twist. As old fronds expire, new fronds will unfurl, creating a consistently green appearance all year.
Generally, the size will top out at around two feet, making it one of the most little ferns we carry at TN Nursery.
How to Use Polystichum acrostichoides in Your Landscape
The Christmas Fern is native to hardwood forests, but it also performs well in many applications in your yard, provided you provide sufficient shade.
● Use the Christmas Fern as a ground cover plant: Place Polystichum acrostichoides in any location too heavily shaded for other species to thrive. These shade-lovers will perform well in the shade.
● Plant Christmas ferns in pots or containers: These plants can expand to about two feet in width, so choose a planter with a broad opening to accommodate that size.
● Shade gardens: Use the Christmas fern in a border within your shade garden or as a stand-alone specimen that will attract notice during the otherwise dull winter months.
● Deer-resistant and rabbit-resistant plantings: If you have an issue with local fauna nibbling at your favorite plants, consider the Christmas fern, which they seem not to prefer.
Christmas Fern is available online at TN Nursery
The Chrismas fern is a relatively small fern that stays green year-round, looking lovely and green even when all other plants go dormant. Order your Polystichum acrostichoides from TN Nursery today.
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Arrived in good condition. Planted them within the hour, now it’s wait and see
Arrived quickly, appeared very healthy. They sent two extra fern. Understand you get bare root items from this company. They are well packaged and should do well. Have had good results before.
These arrived bare root and I planted them the next day in individual pots so I could keep track of their growth. It's been 3 weeks and they have sprouted and all seem to be growing nicely. I'll let them grow on a while longer before planting them in the garden.
I've Received them just now and they are so healthy and alive!!! Yay!!
Order came quickly and well packaged. Order included instructions and photos of plants and how to care for them. Will order from this source again.
Rootstock looks very healthy!!
will plant tomorrow as we have had unseasonably cool nights
Looks good but just planted and has not come up.
We dig fresh our plants and ship immediately. We ship US Mail, Priority shipping. You will receive a tracking number once your plants ship. All plants will be fine in their packages for up to 3 days after receiving.
How We Protect Your Plants For Transit
We sell only bare root plants. We dip the roots in tera-sorb silicone gel to retain ample moisture for transit and surround with plastic. This is superior protection for plants in transit for up to 12 days.
Upon Receipt Of Your Plants
Open your plants and inspect the same day received. We offer 3 days to report any problems with your order. Bare root plants need to be planted within 2-3 days of receiving unless weather-related problems prohibit planting. Store in a cool place and keep roots moist and covered with plastic until they can be planted. Water for the first week daily after planting.
Ships November through April