- Christmas Fern - Polystichum acrostichoides Hardy Planting Zones- 3-9 Sun or Shade – Part Shade to Full Shade Mature Height - 12-24" Mature Width- 12-24" Bloom Season – Non-flowering Gardener Status- Beginner
Polystichum acrostichoides, Christmas Fern
Christmas Fern Helps Keep Soil in Place
Christmas Fern is the prettiest plants a homeowner can put in their outside flower bed is the Christmas fern. It is deep green and will help accent other plants very well. Making it an excellent choice around the edges of roses and other bright colored flowers during the winter after they go into hibernation.
It also very tough and will not die easily. It can be grown on hills and steeps slopes with ease. Which for some homeowners is a perfect thing? Many have yards that are being eroded away by water. The ferns help with this problem because they, unlike many plants, don't require a lot of sunlight, and when winter is over, they flatten out making it easier for sediment to lay down. Afterward, the leaves of the fern help hold the deposit in place. Making the yards of those who own them look much more beautiful!
Gardening and Landscaping
In addition to its popularity in Christmas wreaths and holiday decorations, the fern can significantly enhance the backyard garden, especially shaded terraces. The fern flourishes under trees, but in rocky areas as well. The fern does well in damp and dry soil. It thrives in partially shaded areas, but it tolerates direct sunlight as well as long as the ground remains damp. In other words, the fern adapts to a large variety of growing conditions. It requires little maintenance. It is also resistant to many pests and diseases.
The fern, like all ferns, propagate through their spores. It will do better, however, if you divide the root clumps into several smaller plants. Plant the rhizome of each root clump in the soil surface. The fern will flourish as long as there is good drainage, and the soil is kept damp. The best time to plant the fern is when the spores are ripe, and the temperature is around 60 degrees.
These ferns get their name because they stay green during the winter months, especially at Christmas. This means they can surely bring a bit more color to a garden. They are mostly used as ground cover as it will prevent soil erosion. They also can be grown in many states. From the Middle U.S. to the Far East! Christmas Ferns Are An Evergreen Fern and Great in Gardens
The fern forms a dense covering over soil surfaces. They provide excellent erosion control. In the natural environment, the concealing habitat offers protection and security for a variety of ground-feeding and ground-nesting bird species. It naturally thrives in woodland areas, on a hillside, and near streams. Consequently, it is an excellent plant for erosion control.
There is a debate about the origin of the fern’s name. Some argue that the name comes from the shape of its leaflets. The leaflets resemble a stocking or a winter sleigh. Others say that the name is derived from the fact that it retains its dark green color during December. The name may derive from its shape. It has a tree-like form with the fronds stemming from the central crown. The fronds fill in as the fern matures. All of these qualities make the fern ideal for holiday and Christmas decorations. Its popularity as a holiday decoration, in fact, dates back to the Victorian era of the late 19th century.