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​Plant Ostrich Ferns Today

Posted by Tammy Sons on Nov 08, 2015

For those who like to have a unique and eye catching floral arrangement, they can include feathery ferns to make it look more interesting. In fact, when they are planted in groups, they make such as impact. This type of fern is known as the Ostrich Fern. This was named as such because of its resemblance to Ostrich feathers. This is among the tallest types of ferns, which can grow up to a height of 2 to 5 feet. This makes them excellent as border plants and beautiful as a backdrop. These ferns can spread aggressively when planted so it is important to choose the area where it can grow. This should, also, be trimmed or thinned to prevent them from becoming too traffic. Otherwise, they might become too thick. 

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These ferns are a favorite of many gardeners due to a number of reasons. They are charming ornamental plants with upright and arching leaves. They can easily adapt to any environment. They are not prone to insect problems or serious diseases. They, also, keep away pests and deer. They are known for their fiddleheads, which surface during springtime. These are safe to eat and are usually included in different culinary dishes.

How This Type of Fern Grows

These ferns should be planted in moisture-rich soil, in a partly or fully shaded area. Though they can stand the sun, it is best to give them more moisture since this will enable to look good even up to late summer. It is during early spring when these ferns begin to grow and reach their maximum height. They stay green and lush all through the growing season and they do not require much care.


There are many advantages to planting Ostrich ferns. These plants that resemble ostrich plumes, make lovely ornamental plants. They are ideal border and background plants. They always look good as a backdrop. They grow in moist or wet soil and up to a maximum height of 5 feet. Since they can spread aggressively, they should be planted in a large area where it is easier to control them. However, they should be thinned every now and then to avoid growing too thick. These plants are easy to maintain since they do not require much care. Nevertheless, they last for a long time since they are not prone to acquiring serious diseases nor do they have any insect problems.