MALE FERN Dryopteris felix-mas
An elegant ferns that is able to withstand a sunny and dry location! Though ideally prefers a moist soil and shade. In mild locations the foliage is evergreen and remains upright though the winter. It was originally thought to be the partner of lady fern, and was named Male Fern. The Royal Horticultural Society has given it the Award of Garden Merit.
The seeds of this fern are actually extremely tiny spores. Please handle them cautiously!
Hardiness zones 4-8
Seeds per pack: 10 spores
Germination: It is important to use a sterile seed-start mix, or sterile a mix with boiling water, before planting. Use a pot with holes so water can drain. When cool, sow spores on the surface of the mix. Watering should be done from the base only (from a bottom tray), as watering from the surface will bury the seeds and they cannot grow. Cover the pot with clear plastic, and keep in a well lit location as light is required for germination. Do not place in direct sun. The ferns can take weeks or months to germinate.