Christmas Fern, Polystichum acrostichoides
The Christmas Fern is one of the most popular evergreen ferns. Evergreen ferns are green all Winter long and are the best for Fall and Winter gardens. This plant ships bare root and can be planted year round.
This plant derives its name from its ability to remain green through the holiday season. It belongs to the family of hardy ferns. Growing is simple as long as the environmental conditions are right is easy.
Christmas Fern does well in well-drained soil that’s rich in organic matter.
It survives in both partial and full shade but will tolerate some sun. With the right conditions, it is a good evergreen plant. It forms dark green, fountain-like clumps leathery fronds that make an excellent choice for a ground cover, and is a very fast growing plant. It usually grows to about 2 feet. The plant also does well through periodic dry seasons. The plant is also not prone to diseases.
Taking care of the Christmas fern is and should be easy. They require minimal watering, though maintaining moist conditions is paramount. Mulching works wonders in maintaining moisture. Just like other hardy ferns, it does well in both indoor and outdoor environments. You can plant this fern in a basket inside your house. For outdoor purposes, it’s a good for preventing soil erosion due to its ground covering nature. It was popular for use in natural landscaping and method as an ornamental plant.
Hardy Zones 3-9
Christmas Fern ships bare root (root/rhizome only) with no foliage at time of shipment.
Simply plant and watch it grow! Planting can be done year round and will arrive healthy with great instructions on how to plant. Guaranteed to grow!
Hanging baskets often have ferns that look very similar to the Christmas fern but are not evergreen like this one is!