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Sunday, June 14, 2009

Polystichum setiferum

Soft Shield Fern
Origin: Germany
Height and spread: 45-60cm * 60cm
Soil: Prefers moist, humus rich soils. Adaptable to poor, dry soils
Location: Finely cut, evergreen, soft, deep green fronds making a dense clump. Ideal for cool borders in shade or under trees with shrubs and perennials for contrasting foliage effect.
Planting: Add well rotted leaf mould with 25% sharp sand to top 30-45cm of soil. On heavy soil dig out 30*45cm hole and fill with leaf mould, sand and soil mixture
Care: Remove old fronds in Spring after last frosts to allow new growth to uncurl. A light organic fertiliser feed, three weekly from late Spring to mid-Summer will produce large lush fronds. Allow plant to mature and harden before Winter. Protect plants during severe weather by mulching crown or covering. In hot dry conditions a fine spray of water will refresh and humidify plants.

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