Ostrich Fern

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$4.89
Bloom Season
Not Available,
Color
Green,
Height At Maturity
Under 10 Feet
Categories
Ferns
Zone
3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9,
Zone
3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9,
Zone
3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9,
Zone
3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9,
Zone
3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9,
Zone
3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9,
Zone
3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9,
Ships
Year Round
Exposure
Sun And Shade, Full Shade,
Exposure
Sun And Shade, Full Shade,
Usage
Border Plants, Deer Resistant, Shade,
Usage
Border Plants, Deer Resistant, Shade,
Usage
Border Plants, Deer Resistant, Shade,
Bare Root

We ship bare-root plants which are dormant (in a wintertime state) and have no pretty foliage, blooms, or greenery but they will bloom out in the following spring after they are planted and be beautiful.This is why we offer a 1 year warranty to show our customers their plants will thrive come spring.

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Reviews (20)

  • 5
    Ostrich fern

    Posted by Phil young on May 08 , 2020

    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.

  • 4
    Ostrich Fern

    Posted by Rita on Oct 25 , 2019

    I recieved my plants the other day! I'm excited to see what Spring will bring! It's a little soon for.a review, but if the care given to packaging is any indication, they are going to thrive! I was very pleased with how they looked!

  • 5
    Giant Ostrich Fern

    Posted by Alice Seagroves on Aug 26 , 2019

    looks great around my pond

  • 5
    Giant Ostrich Fern

    Posted by Gail Fryer on Aug 22 , 2019

    love these ferns

  • 5
    Giant Ostrich Fern

    Posted by Elizabeth Maciers on Aug 22 , 2019

    this looks amazing

  • 5
    Grew Fast

    Posted by Allie Carter on Aug 21 , 2019

    cdfs

  • 5
    Ray of sunshine

    Posted by Jill Davis on Mar 30 , 2017

    Lots of color and full

  • 4
    The best gift

    Posted by Kierra Admas on Mar 30 , 2017

    I was given some ferns for a gift and I couldnt be happier

  • 4
    Amazing

    Posted by Jim Carnes on Mar 28 , 2017

    Gorgeous color, grows well and is thriving where it is planted.

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Shipping Information

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.

Shipping Dates
Ships Year Round

Description

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 is Easily Grown in Fertile, Moist Soil - Matteuccia struthiopteris,

They are quickly 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 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 prevents 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, it should typically be planted in full shade in northern climates.

Ostrich Ferns 

Most prominently seen in Canadian provinces and northern states, ostrich fern. Also known as Matteuccia struthiopteris, it 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.

  

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