Giant Chain Fern - Picture

fogbelt_steve(9)May 29, 2012

I would like to share a picture of a favorite fern from my yard -- a Giant Chain Fern (Woodwardia fimbriata). This one (center of picture) is about 4 feet tall and is about 15" diameter at the base. I started out with three 18" plants 4-5 years ago that I put in pots, then each year I divide them and put half in the ground. I now have 7 ferns in the ground and five in pots. This is the best/largest one. Other ferns in the photo are Western Sword Ferns. I'm not sure about the one on the right front (volunteer). There's a green Japanese Maple on the left and a coast redwood on the right. I'm thinking about changing the gravel to bark mulch sometime in the future.

I'm located on the coast of Northern California if anyone is curious.

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greenman28 NorCal 7b/8a

Looks fantastic, Steve!
The Giant Chainfern is my favorite fern. Like you, I have them in combination with other ferns,
notably the western Sword fern and the native Dryopteris from my area. The sooner you can bring
in the bark, the better (in my opinion). All the plants should be happier with bark mulch.

Josh

    Bookmark   June 3, 2012 at 12:11PM
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davidrt28 (zone 7)

I don't know...if what's under the gravel is a couple feet of really excellent, humusy soil, I can't imagine it would make much difference...at least for the next couple decades.

    Bookmark   June 7, 2012 at 11:19PM
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Mistee17

Hi - Wow, just wonderful!!!! I wonder, if they
would grow here in my z-7b area?
Thanks, Mistee

    Bookmark   June 8, 2012 at 7:09PM
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greenman28 NorCal 7b/8a

Mistee, I think they will grow in your area.

David, I have a Bark bias ;-)

Josh

    Bookmark   June 22, 2012 at 8:18PM
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rhizo_1 (North AL) zone 7

A true mulch, from something that was once really alive, performs many important services to both the soil system AND the plants residing in that soil. Gravel can't even begin to take its place.

First of all, an organic mulch (meaning from a once living source....carbon-based) buffers the soil temperature from excess heat AND cold; it slowly decomposes, providing a food source to essential soil microorganisms responsible for sustaining the life of our plants; as an organic mulch decomposes, it will also recycle essential elements back to the soil...to be taken up by the plants once again; the soil surface will remain cool to the touch and cannot reflect, transmit, nor store heat that might be detrimental to plants and soil in the heat; organic materials provide food for the macroorganisms which turn the soil and create essential channels for water and air movement. A mulch covered surface is both cooler and quieter for us human-types, too!

And Steve....your ferns are gorgeous. Think how they'd look surrounded by a natural looking mulch! :-)

    Bookmark   June 23, 2012 at 12:23AM
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