Growing guide

How to grow Polystichum

Low-maintenance and tolerant of a wide range of soil conditions, Polystichum complement plant combinations for shade. From small specimens grown in the gaps of a wall, a shady rock garden or in a container for the larger specimens over 1.2m (4ft) tall, there is room for this fern in every garden.

Quick facts

  • Easy to grow
  • Ideal for shady sites
  • Great spring interest from unfurling leaves
  • Water well while plants establish
  • Great to mix with other woodland plants and bulbs
  • Propagated by dividing clumps, using leaf bulbils or through growing spores

All you need to know

Before you get started
Ongoing care
Pruning and training
While we think all this information will be helpful to you, we always recommend to read the instruction labels on your plants.

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