Fiddlehead Fern: Exotic Edible Delicacy for Your Garden
Thursday, April 7
Fiddlehead fern or ostrich fern are the common names given to Matteuccia struthiopteris, a unique edible plant. The fiddle heads of this plant taste similar to asparagus, and are rich in Vitamins A and C. Connoisseurs of wild foods consider it a premium delicacy. This plant thrives in areas that experience moderate to cold winter and a mild summer season. Winter chill is essential to their growth, andperennial warm climates are unsuitable to grow this fern. Any good wholesale nursery online should able to offer you this exclusive variety at a good price.
The soil should be organically rich, and preferably a little acidic with a pH value of around 6.0. This kind of acidic soil can be typically found in areas beneath trees where leaf compost is formed. It is important to ensure that the organic soil is free of herbicides and pesticides, particularly if the fern is to be used for edible purposes. To grow the fiddlehead fern, it is best to mix an equal amount of soil and compost and prepare the planting hole. The fern usually grows in large patches, so you may also plant them as a bed.
In areas where there is a risk of the soil drying out, a simple drip irrigation system can be installed with a timer to ensure that the moisture is maintained in the soil at any time. If you have a water feature or a pond in your landscape, the fern may be planted near it for improved moisture supply. The plant thrives in shades, but in cooler climes it can tolerate some amount of sun in the morning. In very cold regions, it is a prudent idea to plant fiddlehead fern along with hellebores and evergreen ferns, which are excellent compliments to it. An online plant nursery may be the easiest place where you can procure this fern for your landscape and/or property.