new to ferns, a few questions

novice_2009(zone 6b)April 24, 2009

I have autumn fern, japanese painted fern, and ostrich fern. I'm sure you guys know much more than me! I know they like shade, but can they tolerate some sun? What kind of soil pH do they like? I have a very shady area with very alkaline soil. Please help! Don't want to kill them.

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houstonpat(9a)

Howdy,
Autumn fern can take the most sun, then ostrich, then Japanese painted. The color will fade from the autumn and japanese anyway. All should grow well in your zone. I think the japanese painted and ostrich might prefer a little more neutral. But, each are quite resiliant. They all like fairly good drainage.

    Bookmark   April 24, 2009 at 10:35PM
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novice_2009(zone 6b)

Thanks houstopat! Now my only challenge is arranging them in pretty display in my front shade garden. Thank you so much! I thought they loved moisture, but i can work on the drainage.

    Bookmark   April 25, 2009 at 10:27PM
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