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Learn about several plant varieties and the planting information for each zone.

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Ostrich Fern (2 of 15)

Ostrich Fern - Matteuccia pensylvanica
Large, deciduous fern reaching upwards of 4 feet
Plant in rich, wet to moist soil
Plant in medium to full shade for all zones
Hardy in AHS heat zones 8-1
Hardy in USDA zones 3-8:
Zone 3: Plant in spring to prevent winter heaving; mulch heavily after first hard frost; avoid contact with salt; pull back mulch in early spring; divide as new growth appears in early spring;
Zone 4: Plant in spring to prevent winter heaving; mulch after first hard frost; avoid contact with salt; pull back mulch in early spring; divide as new growth appears in early spring;
Zone 5: Plant in spring to prevent winter heaving; mulch after first hard frost; avoid contact with salt; pull back mulch in early spring; divide as new growth appears in early spring;
Zone 6: Plant in spring or fall; mulch in the fall; pull back mulch in early spring; divide as new growth appears in early spring;
Zone 7: Plant in spring or fall; mulch in the fall; pull back mulch in early spring; divide as new growth appears in early spring;
Zone 8: Plant in spring or fall; mulch in the fall; pull back mulch in early spring; divide as new growth appears in early spring.

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