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Cyrtomium fortunei AGM

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Characteristics

Plant type

Fern

Habit

Bushy

Resilience

Hardiness

H3 (half hardy - unheated greenhouse/mild winter)

Colour

Foliage

Green in Autumn, Spring, Summer and Winter

Size

Ultimate height

1-1.5 metres

Ultimate spread

0.5-1 metres

Time to ultimate height

2-5 years


Preferred common name

Fortune's cyrtomium

Family

Dryopteridaceae


Cyrtomium can be tufted evergreen or deciduous ferns with simply pinnate leaves composed of sickle-shaped pinnae; spore-heaps are scattered over the lower surface of the frond

C. fortunei is an evergreen fern with erect 'shuttlecocks' of pinnate fronds to 1.2m tall, with about 20 pairs of narrowly sickle-shaped, dull green leaflets

How to grow

Sunlight

  • Part shade
  • Full shade

Aspect

  • South-facing, West-facing or East-facing
  • Sheltered

Cultivation

Can be grown outdoors in a moderately fertile, humus-rich soil but will require protection from frosts

Soil

  • Moist but well-drained
  • Acid, Alkaline or Neutral
  • Sand, Clay, Loam or Chalk

Propagation

Propagate by spores sown at 16 °C in late summer

Suggested planting locations and garden types

Architectural, City/Courtyard Gardens, Coastal, Cottage/Informal Garden, Flower borders and beds, Rock Garden or Patio/Container Plants


How to care

Pruning

No pruning required but frost-damaged fronds can be removed in spring

Pests

Generally pest free

Diseases

Generally disease free