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new to ferns, a few questions

Posted by novice_2009 zone 6 (My Page) on
Fri, Apr 24, 09 at 21:19

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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RE: new to ferns, a few questions

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.

RE: new to ferns, a few questions

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.

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