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Cyrtomium fortunei, commonly known as the iron fern, is a robust and attractive fern native to East Asia. This fern is known for its leathery, shiny leaves and its exceptional winter hardiness. The iron fern is an excellent choice for gardens and indoor spaces that need a sustainable and low-maintenance green accent.

Leaves: The leaves of the iron fern are dark green and glossy, with a firm, leathery texture. The leaves are deeply cut and have a characteristic, almost tropical appearance.
Growth Form: Cyrtomium fortunei has a neat, upright growth form and can reach a height of approximately 60-90 cm, with a similar width.
Growing Environment: This fern does best in shady to semi-shady environments, making it ideal for shady borders and underplantings.

Soil: The iron fern prefers moist, well-drained soil that is rich in organic matter. It does well in a wide range of soil types, as long as the soil does not remain too wet.
Watering: Keep the soil moist, especially during the growing period. Make sure that the soil does not dry out, but avoid waterlogging.
Feeding: Fertilize the fern in spring and summer with a balanced, slow-release fertilizer to promote healthy growth.
Winter hardiness: Cyrtomium fortunei is exceptionally hardy and can tolerate temperatures down to -20°C, making it suitable for many different climates.

Garden: The iron fern is ideal for shady parts of the garden, such as shady borders, rock gardens, and as underplanting under trees and shrubs. It can be combined well with other shade-loving plants such as hostas, astilbes and ferns.
Indoors: As a houseplant, the iron fern brings a touch of elegance to indoor spaces. It does well in indirect light and thrives in a humid environment, making it suitable for bathrooms and other damp areas.

Durable and Robust: The iron fern is very hardy and can survive extreme temperatures, making it a reliable choice for a variety of environments.
Low Maintenance: This fern is easy to maintain and requires no special care as long as its basic needs are met.
Air purifying: Like many other ferns, the iron fern helps purify the air by absorbing harmful substances and releasing oxygen, which contributes to a healthier indoor climate.

With its sturdy, glossy leaves and easy care, the Cyrtomium fortunei is an excellent choice for garden enthusiasts and houseplant enthusiasts alike. This iron fern provides an attractive and durable green accent that can effortlessly enhance any space.

Cyrtomium fortunei (iron fern)

  • 12 cm

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