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Ostrich fern in the GardenTags plant encyclopedia

Matteuccia Struthiopteris

 

Ostrich fern

Ostrich fern forms colonies of green shuttlecock-shaped ferns by means of underground stems (stolons). Around the outside of the fern are brownish-green fertile fronds.

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plant Features
  • Ostrich fern likes full sun to partial shade

    Full sun to partial shade

  • Ostrich fern likes occasional watering

    Occasional watering

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

    Full Frost Hardy: 5F (-15°C)

  • Ostrich fern likes moist and free draining

    Moist and free draining

 
Available to buy from 4 store(s) in the UK
 
plant information

Common name

Ostrich fern

Latin name

Matteuccia Struthiopteris

type

Deciduous Fern

family

Onocleaceae

ph

5.0 - 7.3 Acid - Neutral

  • Light

    Ostrich fern likes full sun to partial shade

    Full sun to partial shade

  • Frost

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

    Full Frost Hardy: 5F (-15°C)

  • Soil

    Ostrich fern likes moist and free draining

    Moist and free draining

  • Water

    Ostrich fern likes occasional watering

    Occasional watering

Plant & bloom calendar

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    Best time to plant

full grown dimensions

The size of a fully grown Ostrich fern is 1.50meters x 1.50meters 1.50 M 1.50 M

Matteuccia Struthiopteris

Ostrich fern forms colonies of green shuttlecock-shaped ferns by means of underground stems (stolons). Around the outside of the fern are brownish-green fertile fronds.


Planting Outdoors early

From Early Spring TO Mid Spring

Plant container grown plants out in spring

 

Planting Outdoors autumn

From Early Autumn TO Late Autumn

Plant container grown plants out in autumn.

 

Propagation by division

From Mid 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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