Autumn FernScientific Name: Dryopteris erythrosora
Best Planted In Zone: 5-9
The Autumn Fern is a beautiful perennial prized for its thick foliage and vibrant green color, making it an excellent backdrop plant as well as a featured ground cover. These ferns are very under demanding other than their need for shade and moderate temperatures; survival is rare at temperatures greater than 85 to 90 degrees, although they are excellent potted plants which can also be placed on a porch or in the home. New foliage in the spring varies from copper to yellow, and vibrant red spores grow under the leaves in the fall. They reach a mature height of 1 to 2 feet. USDA ZONES: Zone 5, Zone 6, Zone 7, Zone 8, Zone 9.
Most PlantMeGreen trees can be shipped and planted any time of year, unless the variety is specified as only seasonal delivery. Packages are typically shipped within 7-10 days from the time of your order. You will receive a tracking email upon confirmation of your PlantMeGreen purchase. On some occasions, severe weather and other unusual issues can delay shipping and delivery of your PlantMeGreen package. Delivery time cannot be guaranteed, if a package needs to arrive prior to a specific date, or at a more convenient time for you, please notate that upon placement of your order.
First, decide on a planting location. Consider carefully what kind of sun, soil, and growing-space your tree or shrub will need. Once you've located the perfect spot, the hole you are digging must be at least double the width and as deep as the root system you are planting. The top of the root system should be level with the ground. Before placing the tree or shrub in the hole, use your hands to gently break up the root system. Once the tree is in place, backfill the hole with native soil and any leftover potting material. Pack down the soil to eliminate any air pockets. When finished, water thoroughly. To insure your plants a successful growth rate and productive life, plant your seedlings per the instructions included in your PlantMeGreen package.
This fern requires ample shade; excessive exposure to direct sunlight will damage the leaves. Temperatures much higher than 85 degrees can be deadly. Growth patterns are horizontal and spring pruning is recommended; young fronds quickly ripen so cutting back and removing the dead ones is best for proper growth. High acidic or properly fertilized soils (with humus and perlite) are preferred, and good drainage helps (adding charcoal chips or fern bark to the potting soil is excellent). Misting the leaves with lukewarm water can accelerate early growth (lukewarm watering is preferred as well). These ferns do well indoors but the foliage (a beautiful green) will not change colors due to the temperature constants indoors.