Polystichum setiferum

2 litre pot £18.99
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Buy Polystichum setiferum soft shield fern: A large, evergreen fern

  • Position: full or partial shade
  • Soil: fertile, humus-rich, well-drained soil
  • Rate of growth: average
  • Hardiness: fully hardy

    This large, evergreen fern is a native of Britain, with soft, dark green fronds that emerge upright before unfurling and falling softly open. Try it among other foliage plants at the front of a shady, well-drained, border or beneath deciduous trees. Either cut back the old foliage in early January to allow space for spring bulbs, or leave them in place until April when the new fronds appear.

  • Garden care: Incorporate lots of well-rotted leaf mould, composted pine needles or garden compost into the planting hole.Remove dead foliage in spring.

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Notes on Polystichum setiferum

"Warm, soft fern with intricate mossy fronds and brown bristles - good winter foliage and its lax habit displays each frond against bare earth to great effect"

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Suitable for dry shade


I bought this plant with other ferns for an east-facing area with very dry shade under a hedge. It has proved successful and I now intend to establish a fernery in another difficult part of the garden.




Good quality fern


Great little fern and going strong well into winter. Provides good evergreen display in a shady corner.




Thriving plant in shady conditions


Bought this for an area of the garden where nothing else survived. Conditions very shady but the plant has thrived and is a great addition.





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Non poisonous plants for pots please Hi I wonder if you can help. I have a Nursery school and am looking for some plants I can plant in pots, that are in a partly sunny, partly shady spot. They have to be plants that aren't poisonous and provide interest over as much of the year as possible. I really like the plants in you ready made border section on the website site, particularly shady pink, sunny pink and keep it cool. Could you please tell me if any of these plants are suitable for my needs? Many Thanks Joanne

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Hello Joanne, I think your best option would be to opt for mainly evergreen shrubs as these will provide year-round interest. You can then infill with some of the more colourful perennials. As long as the spot does not get too much shade, then here are some of your best options. Hebe http://www.crocus.co.uk/search/_/search.hebe/ Vinca http://www.crocus.co.uk/search/_/search.vinca/ Pachysandra terminalis http://www.crocus.co.uk/plants/_/shrubs/prices-that-have-been-pruned/pachysandra-terminalis-/classid.3288/ evergreen ferns http://www.crocus.co.uk/plants/_/ferns/plcid.309/vid.228/ Rhododendrons (choose the smaller varieties for pots) http://www.crocus.co.uk/search/_/search.rhododendron/start.1/sort.0/cat.plants/ I hope this gives you a few ideas. Helen Plant Doctor

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When to plant the 'Soft Shield' Fern Dear Sirs, I have just ordered a 'Soft Shield' Fern - Polystichum setiferum, which is due to be delivered this week. However, having done so, I suddenly thought that this may not be the best time of year to plant it. Please could you let me know if it is OK to plant now and if not, what is the best way to keep the plant until the time is right, whenever that may be. I do not have a greenhouse but have garden sheds. Thanks for your help. Best Regards Barbara

Hello Barbara, Autumn is a great time to plant, and as they are fully hardy it should go in the ground as soon as it arrives. I hope this helps. Helen Plant Doctor

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