Athyrium niponicum var. pictum
Japanese painted fern
- Position: full or partial shade
- Soil: moist, fertile, neutral to acid soil
- Rate of growth: average
- Hardiness: fully hardy
This elegant, deciduous fern has deeply cut, greyish-green fronds effused with silver and purple. An excellent companion for shade-loving woodland plants it provides long-lasting foliage interest for a shady, sheltered patio or courtyard garden with moist, fertile, neutral to acid soil.
- Garden care: Incorporate lots of well-rotted leaf mould, composted pine needles or garden compost into the planting hole. In cold areas in late autumn protect the crown of the plant with a dry mulch of straw or bracken
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Q:Can you plant this fern in a pot? If you can which type of compost should I use?Asked on 31/1/2015 by FiFi from Surrey
Yes you could plant this fern in a pot. As this plant likes a neutral to acidic soil I would use an ericaceous soil.
Hope this helps.Answered on 3/2/2015 by Anonymous from crocus
Q:I am ok to still plant in October?
Hi there, I am really new to gardening so you hope you can help me! I have ordered these plants below, ..... if they arrive in 1-2 weeks time is it still going to be alright to plant? (probably a question I should have asked before I placed the order!!)I know there is a certain time by which you need to get all your planting done before it gets to cold. Athyrium niponicum var. pictum, Acer palmatum var. dissectum 'Crimson Queen', Heuchera villosa 'Palace Purple', Luzula nivea, Clematis 'Jackmanii Superba', Clematis florida var. sieboldiana. Appreciate your advise. Cheers,Asked on 1/10/2009 by Mearah Wanigasekera
A:Hello There, As a general rule hardy plants that are grown in containers can be planted at any time of year as long as the soil isn't frozen solid. The best times are in the autumn when the soil is still warm enough to encourage root growth but the plant isn't in active growth, or the spring before the temperatures start to rise. You can also plant in mid summer as long as you make sure the plants are kept well watered. I hope this helps. Helen Plant DoctorAnswered on 1/10/2009 by Crocus Helpdesk
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