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Athyrium, Ghost

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Glowing fronds are a standout in shady areas.

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A much-prized fern for drifts in shady gardens. Fronds, with their metallic silver sheen, seem to glow, with maroon midribs adding accents in the shade. Upright clumps spread slowly and blends well with small, low-growing perennials. Easy to grow in rich, moist, well-drained soil.
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Zone This refers to the USDA hardiness zone assigned to each part of the country, based on the minimum winter temperature that a region typically experiences. Hardiness zone ranges are provided for all perennial plants and you should always choose plants that fall within your range.

4-8

Sun The amount of sunlight this product needs daily in order to perform well in the garden. Full sun means 6 hours of direct sun per day; partial sun means 2-4 hours of direct sun per day; shade means little or no direct sun.

Full Shade, Part Sun

Height The typical height of this product at maturity.

24-30 inches

Spread The width of the plant at maturity.

24-30 inches

Resistant To Adverse garden conditions, such as heat or frost, deer or rabbits, that this product can tolerate well.

Deer

Ornamental Use Ways in which the product may be used in the garden for ornamental effect.

Beds, Borders

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Sep 12, 2016

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Item 13302 cannot ship to: AA, AE, AK, AP, AS, CN, FM, GU, HI, MH, MP, PR, PW, VI
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Introduction to Perennials
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Ferns: Potted Plant Perennial

How to Plant

Planting Potted Plants:

  • Choose a location in full to part shade, with moist, slightly acidic soil rich in organic matter.
  • Prepare the bed by turning the soil under to a depth of 6-12 inches removing any debris, and lightly raking as level as possible.
  • The addition of organic matter (leaf mold, compost, well-rotted manure) benefits all gardens and is essential in recently constructed neighborhoods.
  • Plant on a cloudy day or in late afternoon to reduce transplant shock.
  • Dig a hole for each plant large enough to amply accommodate the root ball.
  • Unpot the plant and gently loosen the root ball with your hands to encourage good root growth.
  • Place the top of the root ball even with the level of the surrounding soil. Fill with soil to the top of the root ball. Press soil down firmly with your hand.
  • Use the plant tag as a location marker.
  • Thoroughly water and apply a light mulch layer on top of the soil (1-2 inches) to conserve water and reduce weeds.

How to Grow

  • Keep weeds under control during the growing season. Weeds compete with plants for water, space and nutrients, so control them by either cultivating often or use a mulch to prevent their germination.
  • Mulches also help retain soil moisture and maintain even soil temperatures. For perennials, an organic mulch of aged bark or shredded leaves lends a natural look to the bed and will improve the soil as it breaks down in time.  Always keep mulches off a plant’s stems to prevent possible rot.
  • Careful watering is essential in getting perennials off to a good start. Water thoroughly at least once a week to help new roots grow down deeply. Soil should be damp at about 1 inch below the soil surface. You can check this by sticking your finger in the soil. Water early in the morning to give all leaves enough time to dry.  One inch of rain or watering per week is recommended for most perennial plants. You can check to see if you need to add water by using a rain gauge.
  • Until plants become established, some protection from extreme winds and direct, hot sunlight may be necessary.  Good air movement is also important.
  • After new growth appears, a light fertilizer may be applied. Keep granular fertilizers away from the plant crown and foliage to avoid burn injury. Use low rates of a slow release fertilizer such as Garden-tone, as higher rates may encourage root rots.
  • Ferns are low-maintenance plants, but they need a consistently moist soil in order to thrive, but do not leave ferns in standing water.

Growing Tips

  • You can propagate ferns by division in fall or spring.
  • Fern foliage is great for greenery in flower arrangements.
  • Ferns are perfect for shade gardens and woodland areas. They combine well with hostas and other perennials that do well in shade. Creeping ferns make great groundcovers.
Zone
4-8
Sun
Full Shade, Part Sun
Height
24-30 inches
Spread
24-30 inches
Resistant To
Deer
Ornamental Use
Beds, Borders
Planting Time
Fall, Spring
Genus
Athyrium
Life Cycle
Perennial
Athyrium, Ghost is rated 4.333333333333333 out of 5 by 3.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Happy with Purchase I am looking forward to this fern maturing and hopefully spreading through out my shade bed. I have mixed in other ferns to offset the color contrast and this plant really stands out.
Date published: 2016-05-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Lovely Fern I bought one the year before and loved it but I thought I had lost it in the freeze we had this winter so I bought 2 more this spring, 2015, and received them in great condition. In fact one was already sprouting. I planted them in pots and they took off. Well the one I previously bought wasn't dead after all and now is growing quite well. Love the color on these, and am really happy with them. I highly recommend these ferns.
Date published: 2015-04-11
Rated 3 out of 5 by from shade plant I do not know how this plant will grow, because it has not been in the ground long enough. I really think you need to send the plants earlier so they have a chance to really start growing before it freezes.
Date published: 2014-10-30
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