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Ostrich Fern - Matteuccia struthiopteris

Posted by ellenmarie 5 (My Page) on
Tue, Oct 16, 12 at 12:15

I have a small Ostrich Fern that I bought in the Spring from Logees's. I've had it in a pot all Summer and it grew some but not a lot. About 8-10" high at the end of the season. I want to have the fern in a pot so I can have it on my deck. How should I winter it over? It is dying back already. Where do I put it? Thanks for you help in advance.


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RE: Ostrich Fern - Matteuccia struthiopteris

It depends on the size of pot. They will survive in a pot but if your weather is below freezing most of winter I would burry pot in ground partially and maybe cover with mulch of some sort.

Don't worry about its first-year size. They don't tend to grow much from their first season. In fact, I think they do most of growth in early spring after the first year. The fall die-back is usual also, especially with younger ones. They are not evergreen.

Overall, Ostrich ferns are pretty hardy and they multiply well. Each fern could produce one or more off-spring by rhizomes each season. Plant your little fern in ground before frost and next year you could start getting additional ones. They will also multiply in a pot if given enough space.
I LOVE ostrich ferns and use them almost like ground cover and accents all around the garden.

Here is a link that might be useful: Ostrich fern is an award winner in my garden


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