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.
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.
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.
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..
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.
Came as requested. Ordering more
Received them a little over a week after ordering them. However, time will tell whether they grow since they are bare-root. I planted 80% within 2 hours of receiving them and the rest the next day.
The ferns came exactly when they said they would and are already planted. I will review again when they come up next spring. Thank You!
The ferns were delivered and, of course, they don’t look like much. 5 days later, I noticed the first leaves sprouting up! I thought it would take weeks! I have high expectations for the other 3 varieties I ordered.
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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.
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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.
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Ostrich Fern - Matteuccia struthiopteris
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 - Matteuccia struthiopteris,
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 - Matteuccia struthiopteris,
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.