European bracken fern - a fast-growing plant for the pond edge
The European Ostrich Fern is a native fern that gets its name from its fronds, which resemble ostrich feathers. Its botanical name is Matteuccia struthiopteris. The fronds, which look very impressive, are funnel-shaped. The leaves are double-pinnate and grow erect. This type of fern grows about 80 centimetres to one metre tall. They are not only attractive to look at because of their size, but also have the advantage of growing very quickly.
It is typical for these ferns that the tips are slightly bent outwards. This fern plant also grows in the wild, but is protected as a species there. Pot ferns and ostrich ferns are not the same and should not be confused. Ferns have entire or toothed leaves and are not pinnate as Matteuccia struthiopteris are.
What European Straw Fern is particularly suitable for
European fern is an impressive plant because of its size. It is well suited for
- Plants in groups
- Pond edge planting
This type of fern is particularly well suited to natural gardens, parks and all gardens where natural ponds have been created. There it is planted in banks. It also feels very much at home on the banks of streams. In the wild it is often found in deciduous forests and near riverbanks and brooks. There it stands in groups or even whole areas are overgrown with ferns. If you buy ferns for such an area in your garden, you should calculate with three to five plants per square metre.
Site, soil requirements and care
Farms are best planted in Böden that are rich in humus and nutrients and well-drained. These types of ferns are shade plants that should be planted in shade and partial shade, but not in full sun. With these ferns, the rootstocks form runners. If you want to prevent this, you can also plant it in pots.
You can buy this fern all year round. After buying the fern, it will be delivered to your home in pots and you can use the fern plant at any time. Once planted in the right location, a fern is very easy to care for. It does not need to be pruned or fertilised. Only in extreme drought should the fern plant be watered.