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Dryopteris affinis 'Congesta Cristata'

Scaly Male Fern

£6.99

Dryopteris affinis 'Congesta Cristata' is a dwarf semi-evergreen fern, perfect for adding some year round interest and colour to a border. Commonly known as Scaly Male Fern it can be planted in a sunny or partially shaded area and is easy to cultivate. Dryopteris affinis 'Congesta Cristata' has a congested rosette of erect to arching, lance-shaped fronds. Young fronds are pale green in spring turning darker green and are heavily crested at the apex of each frond.

 

Buying Ferns from Jacksons Nurseries

Unlike many garden centres, supermarkets and some nurseries here at Jacksons Nurseries we sell the majority of our stock all year round. Our stock is for the most part grown outdoors making it far hardier than those grown under glass and/or only sold ‘In Season’.

Here at Jacksons Nurseries we would favour a hardy outdoor grown plant every time. They are far less likely to suffer from the shock of being planted in colder conditions and they will begin to establish more rapidly the following spring. This can mean that they don’t look like a ‘picture perfect’ plant when purchased out of season but with the correct care and a little time you’ll have a wonderful plant to enjoy for many years to come.

 

Dryopteris affinis 'Congesta Cristata'

Dryopteris affinis 'Congesta Cristata' is a dwarf semi-evergreen fern, perfect for adding some year round interest and colour to a border. Commonly known as Scaly Male Fern it can be planted in a sunny or partially shaded area and is easy to cultivate. Dryopteris affinis 'Congesta Cristata' has a congested rosette of erect to arching, lance-shaped fronds. Young fronds are pale green in spring turning darker green and are heavily crested at the apex of each frond.

 

 


 

Dryopteris affinis Dryopteris affinis 'Congesta Cristata'
Scaly Male Fern
Ferns
10cm - 50cm
10cm - 50cm
  • None or Insignificant
None or Insignificant
Semi-evergreen
No
Average
Fully Hardy
  • Partial shade  Partial shade
  • Dense shade  Dense shade
  • Poorly-drained
  • Moist Well-drained
  • Acid
  • Neutral
  • Alkaline
  • Chalk
  • Clay
  • Loam
  • Sand

Perennials are described and classified differently by different gardeners but all would agree that they are plants that come into flower every year from early spring to late summer, the exact time dependent on variety and most die back to ground level in autumn and winter.

As for all plants, soil preparation is time well spent. Dig over the area to be planted ensuring that the ground is free draining. If not then you may wish to either consider planting in a different spot or raising the level of the planting area by adding additional topsoil, well rotted garden compost and/or well rotted manure. Add ‘Fish, Blood and Bone’ fertiliser or a high potash fertiliser to encourage good root growth and development.

It’s always a good idea to plant a few of the same plant together, we recommend planting in 3’s or 5’s to provide a bold effect but allowing them plenty of room to develop.

Always check eventual plant heights when planning borders to ensure that the taller plants are at the back (or at the centre of an island bed) followed by the medium and then smaller low growing plants.

Remember to deadhead perennials after flowering, trim back lightly in autumn as required to tidy the border and if necessary trim again in spring once the risk of heavy frost has passed.

If perennials get too big, start to flower less and less or if it seems to be dying off from the centre, consider dividing the plant but always check that the particular variety is happy to be divided and that you divide at the right time of year for the plant.

By using this simple guide and a little time, perennials can make an absolutely spectacular difference to your garden.

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