Polystichum acrostichoides (Christmas Fern) [100 Spores]


Germination Information: Growing ferns from spores takes care and patience, but it is an interesting challenge. I did it many years ago but haven’t tried recently, so I won’t attempt to give first-hand advice; instead, I suggest checking out some of the many online references on the topic, such as Hardy Ferns: Propagation and Growing Ferns from Spores.

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Christmas fern (Polystichum acrostichoides) is a handsome and dependable addition to shady gardens and woodlands all year long. It’s particularly welcome in winter, when its clumps of evergreen fronds create a carpet of welcome color and texture among the usual browns and grays of the colder months. It’s a lovely sight in spring, too, when it unfurls its tightly curled new growth (commonly called fiddleheads). The species is native to much of eastern and central North America; these spores are from Bucks County, PA, plants. Partial to full shade. Perennial; Zones 3 to 8 or 9.

2022-collected spores are sold out. I hope to collect again in July 2023. At least 100 spores (likely many more than that, as they are much too tiny to count). PA ecotype.

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