Growing Christmas Fern in Your Garden

There are many plants that are overlooked during the holiday season. One of the reasons could be that they are not in the list of conventional holiday plants like Poinsettias, Mistletoe and Holly. One such amazing plant that can be grown during Christmas season is Christmas Fern. It has got its name from the fact that the fronds of this fern remain green even in the cold and harsh winter season.

Christmas Fern is also known as Polystichum acrostichoides and it is an evergreen fern. It can become very robust and grow up to 40- 80 cm in height. The fronds are vibrant green in color and can be used in Christmas decorations. It is a clump forming fern that grows in clusters from a rootstock. Christmas fern is not a flowering plant and it can be propagated through spores or by the method of division. You can easily propagate them in the spring season by dividing the clump of roots into smaller plants. The small plants can then be planted in the soil and they will continue to grow again.

The fern requires acidic and rich soil that can retain moisture. However, it is not very particular about the quality of soil and it can thrive well in rocky, sandy or loamy soil. It is crucial that the soil where it is planted has good drainage as the fern cannot tolerate standing water. The plant should ideally be kept moist and shaded for best results. Too much of sunlight can stress out the ferns so it is advisable to plant them in shade or partial shade.
Christmas fern has very distinct foliage that stands out in the crowd. It can be grown in the garden to add a different element to the surroundings. You can use them as groundcovers or border plants. They can even be grown at the back of flower beds to compliment the smaller plants growing in the front. The wonderful color and texture of the Christmas fern can transform the entire garden. Apart from acting as an ornamental plant or a groundcover plant, Christmas fern is also known to control soil erosion.

The adaptability and beauty of Christmas fern makes it an ideal plant for a winter garden. In fact, it can adorn your garden all year round due to its evergreen nature. You can grow them in masses along with other flowering plants like Heather, Cyclamen, Crocus, Viola, Narcissus, Etc.

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