looks great around my pond
love these ferns
this looks amazing
Lots of color and full
I was given some ferns for a gift and I couldnt be happier
Gorgeous color, grows well and is thriving where it is planted.
Not quite lush, but very far indeed from sparse.
I cant believe the height on this plant! It is huge in a short amount of time.
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Ostrich Fern - Diplazium pycnocarpon is Named for the Appearance of its Fronds
Giant ostrich fern originally received its name based on the appearance of its maturing fronds. The plant’s fiddleheads (the name given to a fern’s tightly-wound, immature fronds) begin their growth by coiling delicately from the earth, each spring. Mature fronds are long-tapering to their base but short-tapering to their tips and possess a distinct, plume-like quality.
Ostrich Fern are Easily Grown in Fertile, Moist Soil
They are easily grown in fertile, moist soils. It has even gained the Royal Horticultural Society’s Award of Garden Merit.
Giant ostrich ferns are both crown and colony-forming plants. When appearing in the wild, they prefer to grow along riverbeds and sandbars, reaching their runners out to form new crowns that become dense colonies. As such, they are resistant to destruction by floodwaters. However, care must be taken when planting them in sunny areas, as direct sun exposure can damage their otherwise attractive appearance.
Edible fiddleheads are considered a delicacy in many regions.
Growers have been harvesting these fiddleheads for centuries. The best harvests from giant ostrich ferns can be had from late April to early June, starting from the fiddleheads’ first emergence and continuing until their stem height reaches approximately 6 inches or 15 cm. They should also be picked while they are still tightly coiled. Once harvested, they can be prepared much like broccoli stems or any other firm, green vegetable. While their taste is unique and a little wild, it has often been compared to a mix of asparagus, artichokes, and green peas.
Ostrich Ferns help prevent soil erosion, as the roots grow underground to help make soils strong.
Ostrich Fern - Diplazium pycnocarpon
Hardy planting zone: USDA plant hardiness zones 3-7.
Mature height: Three to six feet (with a spread of near equal size)
Bloom season: Non-flowering.
Sun or shade preferred: While the giant ostrich fern will tolerate partial sunlight, in northern climates, it should typically be planted in full shade.
Most prominently seen in Canadian provinces and northern states, ostrich fern. Also known as Matteuccia struthiopteris, is a large plant aptly named for its ostrich-like feathery fronds. During spring, these fronds grow skyward and unfurl magnificently. The focal point of an ostrich fern is called a fiddlehead. This thin stalk boasts a graceful curve and resembles the head of an ostrich.
Woodland environments are ideal for ostrich ferns. Shade, moisture, and fertile soil are all conducive to ostrich fern growth. For optimal results, plant the ostrich fern in the fall; that way, the plant can establish itself while the weather is damp and mild. For the plant to flourish, it requires ample room to grow. Planting the ostrich fern in a shallow hole will allow it to grow without obstructions.
For reproduction purposes, some fronds contain spores. These spores allow the ostrich fern to propagate. These fronds are exceptionally shorter than the others, making them easy to identify. What’s more, fertile fronds live much longer than the rest of the plant, so don’t be alarmed if smaller fronds are outliving larger ones. With their striking green color and exceptionally upright posture, ostrich ferns make a unique addition to any ecosystem.