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Male fern in the GardenTags plant encyclopedia

Dryopteris filix-mas

 

Male fern

A tallish, tough growing spreading fern with strong fronds of typical green fern leaves. This fern thrives in shade and can tolerate full sun. Similar to D. affinis with fewer scales on the midribs.

 
plant Features
  • Male fern likes full sun to partial shade

    Full sun to partial shade

  • Male fern likes occasional watering

    Occasional watering

  • Male fern is full frost hardy: 5f (-15°c)

    Full Frost Hardy: 5F (-15°C)

  • Male fern likes rich and free draining

    Rich and free draining

 
plant information

Common name

Male fern

Latin name

Dryopteris filix-mas

type

Fern

family

Dryopteridaceae

ph

5.0 - 7.0 Acid - Neutral

  • Light

    Male fern likes full sun to partial shade

    Full sun to partial shade

  • Frost

    Male fern is full frost hardy: 5f (-15°c)

    Full Frost Hardy: 5F (-15°C)

  • Soil

    Male fern likes rich and free draining

    Rich and free draining

  • Water

    Male fern likes occasional watering

    Occasional watering

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full grown dimensions

The size of a fully grown Male fern is 0.40meters x 1.00meters 0.40 M 1.00 M

Dryopteris filix-mas

A tallish, tough growing spreading fern with strong fronds of typical green fern leaves. This fern thrives in shade and can tolerate full sun. Similar to D. affinis with fewer scales on the midribs.


Planting young plants

From Early Spring TO Early Spring

Plant ferns in spring and water them well in the first growing season, soaking the soil to a depth of 10cm. Dig plenty of leaf mould or wellrotted manure into the soil to add humus and apply a mulch of the same material round terrestrial ferns in spring.

 

Propagation

From Late Autumn TO Early Winter

All ferns can be propagated by spores but, there are alternative methods that are simpler, produce more reliable and quicker results. Most ferns can be divided and this is best done in spring. To propagate from spores, remove a portion of spore bearing frond when the capsules are brown and place it in a paper envelope to dry. The spores are ready for sowing when they start to be released as a yellow-brown dust. In spring, sterilise a container and an equal parts mix of coir and sand with boiling water. level the surface and cover until cool.. Collect a small amount of spores using the point of a knife and sow them thinly on the mix. Recover the container with cling film and cover the lot with a newspaper until germination occurs. It can take several months. Keep moist by placing the container in water regularly. Once small plants have developed, carefully prick them out and move into pans with the same mixture. When large enough to handle, harden them off and pot on singly.

 

Propagation from spores

From Late Autumn TO Early Winter

All ferns can be propagated by spores, but there are alternative methods that are simpler, produce more reliable, and quicker results, such as division. To propagate from spores, remove a portion of spore bearing frond when the capsules are brown and place it in a paper envelope to dry. The spores are ready for sowing when they start to be released as a yellow-brown dust. In spring, sterilise a container and an equal parts mix of coir and sand with boiling water. level the surface and cover until cool.. Collect a small amount of spores using the point of a knife and sow them thinly on the mix. Recover the container with cling film and cover the lot with a newspaper until germination occurs. It can take several months. Keep moist by placing the container in water regularly. Once small plants have developed, carefully prick them out and move into pans with the same mixture. When large enough to handle, harden them off and pot on singly.

 

Planting young plants

From Early Spring TO Early Spring

Plant ferns in spring and water them well in the first growing season, soaking the soil to a depth of 10cm. Dig plenty of leaf mould or wellrotted manure into the soil to add humus and apply a mulch of the same material round terrestrial ferns in spring.

 

Propagating by division

From Late Spring TO Late Spring

Using a fork dig up plant, trying to keep the root ball as complete as possible. Split the root ball at the centre with a sharp knife or a spade, or by placing two garden forks back-to-back into the middle of the root ball, and pushing the fork handles apart.to lever the root ball apart. Replant the new clumps to the same depth as the original, and water well. Keep well watered until established.

 
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