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We ship all plants usps priority mail. They arrive to most locations within 2-3 days. We package all plants to retain moisture to up to 10 days in transit. All plants ships from our warehouses in Tennessee. All plants are grown and shipped from out Altamont (zip) 37301 location. We do drop ship for re-sellers also for those wanting to resell our plants.
How We Protect Your Plants For Transit
All plants are dug and immediately taken to our warehouse and tera-sorb moisture retention gel is applied to the roots and then wrapped in plastic to retain superior moisture for transit. They are placed in corogated cardboard shipping boxes for protection when shipped
Upon Receipt Of Your Plants
Upon receipt of your plants, unpack and unwrap the roots and mist with water. Plant within 24-48 hours. If you can not plant within this time frame, put your plants in a cool location (ex- basement, garage or cellar) and water the roots daily. Cover them back up with the plastic so they will not dry out until you can plant them. After planted, water every evening after the sun goes down for 5 days.
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The Rattlesnake Fern
Latin name: Botrypus virginianus
Hardy planting zone: 3 to 11
Mature height: 6 to 18 inches
Spread: 6 to 18 inches
Bloom season: Non-flowering
Sun: Part shade to full shade
Rattlesnake Fern can grow anywhere from four to eight inches, do not take over other growing plants and make an excellent border to compliment any garden
The rattlesnake fern is a wide-ranging fern that gets its name because it either grows where rattlesnakes are found or its fertile, sporangia filled fronds remind people of a rattlesnake’s tail.
The plant has both sterile and fertile fronds. A sterile frond is about from 4 to 10 inches long and a bit wider than it is long. The leaf is sessile, which means it’s directly attached to its base without a stalk. The compound leaves are light green to medium green and divided into five to 12 leaflets, which are in turn divided into as many as a dozen pairs of sub-leaflets. The leaves are soft to the touch.
When a fertile frond is mature, it rises above the sterile leaves bearing hundreds of sporangia. There are so many that they look like tiny, tidy clusters of grapes. This characteristic puts the rattlesnake fern in the grape fern genus. The sporangia are light, bright green at first then darken to brown. The rattlesnake fern is also different from other ferns in that the seedlings are not fiddleheads but grow straight up.
The rattlesnake fern requires enough watering to keep the soil moist. It does best in deep, rich, acidic soil, and if it is planted outside it needs to be protected from the wind. The rattlesnake fern doesn’t tolerate sunshine, which makes it a good choice for shade under a tree, a woodland garden or the shady edge of a path. Deer tend to avoid the rattlesnake plant.
If it is grown indoors, the fern should be in a room with a northern exposure or even a room that is windowless. A windowless bathroom would be ideal for this plant. The best soil for a container plant is a sandy loam with just a bit of peat moss. The container must drain well.
Rattlesnake Ferns are typically low in maintenance, but add a touch of beauty and specialty to any area.