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Autumn Fern

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  • The Autumn Fern fronds are reddish-bronze and will mature to shiny dark green
  • Matures to 24-36" wide by 18-24" tall
  • Hardy in USDA Zones 4 - 9
  • Plant in shade to part shade
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Description

The Autumn Fern, scientifically known as Dryopteris erythrosora, is a perennial fern hailing from East Asia. It is a favorite among plant lovers due to its vibrant color transformation during fall. The fronds emerge in a striking copper-red hue and gradually mature to a deep green, adding a dynamic element to any garden.

Standing tall at 1 to 2 feet, the autumn fern plant carries a delicate, feathery appearance with finely divided fronds arranged in a graceful arching pattern. This compact plant is ideal for various landscaping purposes, including garden borders, rock gardens, or as a ground cover.

Besides its visual appeal, the autumn brilliance fern offers several benefits in landscaping. Its lush foliage is a beautiful backdrop to other plants and flowers, creating a visually pleasing arrangement. The Autumn Fern is an excellent addition to any garden or landscape design, given its vibrant foliage, delicate appearance, and flexibility.

Your Guide to Growing Autumn Ferns

Growing autumn ferns is a relatively straightforward task. They thrive in partially and fully shaded areas, so consider planting them under trees or in dappled sunlight. Avoid direct sunlight as it can scorch the fronds.

The autumn fern plant prefers soil that drains well and is rich in organic matter. To create an ideal environment, prepare the soil by adding compost or well-rotted manure to enhance its fertility and drainage. While this fern tolerates dry conditions, it requires regular watering to maintain its health. Ensure the soil is evenly moist, but avoid overwatering to prevent root rot.

As for fertilization, a balanced slow-release fertilizer applied in early spring provides the necessary nutrients for healthy growth. Follow the package instructions for application rates and frequency. With the correct growing conditions, your autumn fern will flourish, adding a touch of natural beauty to your garden.

Care Tips for Your Autumn Fern

Caring for your autumn fern involves simple maintenance procedures. While regular pruning is unnecessary, removing dead or damaged fronds helps maintain the plant's appearance. Use clean, sharp pruning shears and cut the fronds at the base. Clearing debris or fallen leaves around the plant also prevents pest infestations.

Autumn ferns are typically resistant to pests and diseases, but slugs or snails occasionally pose a problem. Organic slug pellets or barriers of crushed eggshells or coffee grounds can control these pests. If you notice signs of disease, consult a local garden center or plant expert for treatment options.

Although autumn brilliance ferns can withstand cold temperatures, some winter care can ensure survival. Applying a mulch layer around the plant's base before the first frost insulates the roots and retains moisture. Cover the fern with burlap or a frost cloth during extreme cold spells, but remember to remove the covering once the weather improves to avoid humidity buildup.

Care & Use

Getting Started: Understanding Your New Plant

Review your plant's information on our website or the tag that comes with it. Be mindful of sunlight preferences, soil type, and spacing needs.

Our plants are adaptable but grow best in the correct USDA Zones. Click here to learn more about your USDA Zone.

Planting Instructions

Dig a Hole

First, dig a hole three times the width of the root ball of your plant. This makes it easier for the root system to spread out quickly. Dig the hole deep enough that your plant will sit level with or slightly above the ground around it.

Amend Your Soil

Mix your native soil with rich gardening soil to provide extra nutrients and support plant growth. If your soil is clay-heavy, we recommend mixing your native clay soil with equal parts of Pine Bark mulch to improve drainage and the overall breathability of your soil.

Place Your Plant

Examine the roots. If they appear tightly bound, gently coax them apart; this ensures they can spread into the new soil. Place your plant in the hole so the top of the rootball is even with the surrounding soil—Backfill around it with the amended soil mixture. The roots need access to oxygen for your plant to thrive, so do not cover the rootball; place soil around it.

Mulch Your Plants

Top the soil beneath your plant with 3-4 inches of mulch to help it retain moisture. Be careful not to cover the rootball - your new plants roots need access to oxygen.

Water Your Plant

Soak the plant with a hose afterward to hydrate the plant, as well as get the soil and mulch situated. Develop a regular watering schedule based on your plant's needs and local weather patterns. Remember, over watering is just as, if not more, harmful than under watering.

Spacing Recommendations

Autumn Fern Spacing Recommendations

For a seamless planting, plant your Autumn Fern 12-14 inches apart. Otherwise, space them 18+ inches apart for space between plantings.

  • Scientific Name
    Dryopteris erythrosora
  • Hardiness Zone
    4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
  • Sun Exposure
    Shade to Part Shade
  • Evergreen or Deciduous
    Deciduous
  • Features
    Disease Tolerant, Shade Tolerant, Winter / Fall Foliage Color
  • Feature Color
    Green, Orange
  • Uses
    Accent, Border, Container, Foundation Planting, Groundcover
  • Water Needs
    Medium
  • Bloom Season
    None

Growing Zones : 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, and 9

Map of USDA Zones 4-9

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Autumn Fern

$17.98

The Autumn Fern, scientifically known as Dryopteris erythrosora, is a perennial fern hailing from East Asia. It is a favorite among plant lovers due to its vibrant color transformation during fall. The fronds emerge in a striking copper-red hue and gradually mature to a deep green, adding a dynamic element to any garden.

Standing tall at 1 to 2 feet, the autumn fern plant carries a delicate, feathery appearance with finely divided fronds arranged in a graceful arching pattern. This compact plant is ideal for various landscaping purposes, including garden borders, rock gardens, or as a ground cover.

Besides its visual appeal, the autumn brilliance fern offers several benefits in landscaping. Its lush foliage is a beautiful backdrop to other plants and flowers, creating a visually pleasing arrangement. The Autumn Fern is an excellent addition to any garden or landscape design, given its vibrant foliage, delicate appearance, and flexibility.

Your Guide to Growing Autumn Ferns

Growing autumn ferns is a relatively straightforward task. They thrive in partially and fully shaded areas, so consider planting them under trees or in dappled sunlight. Avoid direct sunlight as it can scorch the fronds.

The autumn fern plant prefers soil that drains well and is rich in organic matter. To create an ideal environment, prepare the soil by adding compost or well-rotted manure to enhance its fertility and drainage. While this fern tolerates dry conditions, it requires regular watering to maintain its health. Ensure the soil is evenly moist, but avoid overwatering to prevent root rot.

As for fertilization, a balanced slow-release fertilizer applied in early spring provides the necessary nutrients for healthy growth. Follow the package instructions for application rates and frequency. With the correct growing conditions, your autumn fern will flourish, adding a touch of natural beauty to your garden.

Care Tips for Your Autumn Fern

Caring for your autumn fern involves simple maintenance procedures. While regular pruning is unnecessary, removing dead or damaged fronds helps maintain the plant's appearance. Use clean, sharp pruning shears and cut the fronds at the base. Clearing debris or fallen leaves around the plant also prevents pest infestations.

Autumn ferns are typically resistant to pests and diseases, but slugs or snails occasionally pose a problem. Organic slug pellets or barriers of crushed eggshells or coffee grounds can control these pests. If you notice signs of disease, consult a local garden center or plant expert for treatment options.

Although autumn brilliance ferns can withstand cold temperatures, some winter care can ensure survival. Applying a mulch layer around the plant's base before the first frost insulates the roots and retains moisture. Cover the fern with burlap or a frost cloth during extreme cold spells, but remember to remove the covering once the weather improves to avoid humidity buildup.

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  • 2.5 Quart
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