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Ostrich Fern or Matteuccia struthiopteris is one of the favorite ornamental plants for multiple environments. It is native to North America and has managed to win the Royal Horticultural Society's Award. This deciduous plant has dimorphic fronds.
The sterile fronds are generally vertical and tall, growing up to 100-170 cm plus taking up the width of about 20-35 cm. They are named after ostrich plumes as they resemble them in shape. The base is long-tapering, and as we move above the tip, it gradually becomes short-tapering. This looks exactly like the shape of a fully grown ostrich feather, hence the name.
On the other hand, the fertile fronds of this plant are shorter in size and grow about 40-65 cm long. Fertile fronds form a brown color when mature entirely but green in the earlier stages. Its leaves are made of compact tissues, and they curl around the spore-forming organs i-e, sporangia. Its fronds have relatively stiff pinnae.
They start developing in autumn and become stiff or erect during winter. They ultimately release spores in early spring. These are some of the largest species of ferns on the eastern side of North America.
This graceful fern grows about three feet long leaves which form beautifully curved tips. The new leaves take shape similar to a violin stem and are called fiddleheads. It is popular among native Americans as it used to be one of their favorite foods. Many people still enjoy eating it in multiple parts of the country. As it is a deciduous plant, the sterile fronds of ostrich fern start to wilt at the end of the summer and lose their leaflets by early fall. So when winter comes, they go dormant.
Just like other hardy ferns, these ferns also thrive in moist soil. That is why they are common along the streams, ponds, and other water bodies. They take up the moisture through underground runners, which help them increase.
These moisture-loving ferns do well in partial or complete shade but can also bear some amount of sun. Unlike other ferns, they are not that vulnerable to full sun but require more moisture to balance out their needs while growing.
Growing conditions for these plants do not require a lot of precautions and extra effort. All they need is rich, moist soil, part of the whole shade place, and they will bloom perfectly.
These plants work best as a ground cover. Their long and broad leaves cover up the space left by other plants in a garden and make the whole appearance attractive plus put together. They are an excellent choice for borders and slopes.
This hardy plant complements the other plants or flowers when grown together, such as iris and daffodils. These flowering plants' rich, bright color stands out, this plant acting as a backdrop for them. The contrast of light and dark colors makes the whole area aesthetically pleasing.
Posted by Joel on Mar 18, 2022
The roots arrived in great shape and shipped quickly.
Posted by Evelyn Turner on Jan 13, 2022
I love these ferns and I would definitely reccomend buying
Posted by Terry on Aug 28, 2021
Skeptical with bare root mass, but 3 fiddleheads up and growing. Pleased with purchase.
Posted by Jim on Jul 01, 2021
Very happy with the Ostrich Fern purchase. We received fast service and the packaging was superb. Looking forward to the results of our planting and will follow up with more when they do.
Posted by Martha on Oct 02, 2020
The bare roots arrived very quickly and it great shape. I was very impressed with how healthy and fresh they looked. I planted them immediately and look forward to next spring.
Posted by From NJ on Aug 06, 2020
I ordered 100 ostrich ferns, 100 autumn ferns and a grab bag with a mixture of ferns, including about 20 more ostrich ferns. After about 8 weeks, 2/3 of them have sprouted. Most of them still only have one frond, but some have more. Ostrich ferns seem to have sprouted the most consistently - probably 90%. The autumn ferns and other ferns in the grab bag were far more inconsistent 20-50% depending on the variety. Still hoping more will sprout and continue to grow and spread for my fern garden.
Posted by Unknown on Jul 17, 2020
Plants arrived quickly & in good condition; well packaged. I planted immediately. Won’t know for some time of course if they will thrive. But, so far, so good.
Posted by Matthew on Jun 16, 2020
Purchased a second order of 100 which arrived within the week. Felt like we got many more than 100 which is a good value. Would recommend..
Posted by Trinity on Jun 15, 2020
My ostrich ferns arrived in a sealed sandwich bag with plenty of moisture. They appear healthy. There were even a couple extra roots, which I appreciated.
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.
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.
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.