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Dryopteris erythrosora - 9cm Plant



Catalogue Code: 51405073

Support British Grown RHS Award of Garden Merit
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Regular price £10.99
Known as ‘Japanese Shield Fern’, Dryopteris erythrosora is a semi-evergreen fern that produces compact clumps of feathery bipinnate fronds. This plant has a height and spread of 0.5 to 1m. It thrives in moist soils in full sun, partial or full shade. Holds the Award of Garden Merit from the Royal Horticultural Society.

Key Features

  • Perfect for pots and containers
  • Hardy perennial
  • Disease resistant
  • Bolt resistant
  • Prefers part shade
  • Prefers shade

Pack Contents: 9cm Potted Plant

Size: Fully established spread: 40cm

Height: Fully established: 60cm


  • Attractive feathery fronds that start coppery-pink and turn green as they mature
  • Holds the RHS Award of Garden Merit
  • Grows in full sun, full shade or partial shade
  • Fully established spread: 0.5 – 1m
  • Needs moist soils

The beautiful fronds of Japanese Shield Fern emerge coppery-pink before turning green as they mature. This fern enjoys a shady spot or being part of a border that enjoys full sunlight. It can also be grown in pots. It’s almost evergreen, which means it looks good throughout much of the year. Team it with other shade lovers, such as hostas, or use as an accent in a brighter spot. Cut back any dead fronds in winter to encourage new ones to appear. Holder of the RHS Award of Garden Merit.

How you will receive your ferns:

Selected by our team of experts and sent from our nursery, you will receive your fern in a pot, ready to plant out.

Can’t plant straight away?

Keep your fern in partial shade and keep the soil moist.

Planting tips and hints:

Planting in the ground: You can plant your fern at any time, as long as the ground is not frozen. Dig a hole the same size as the pot it comes in, water well and place the fern in the hole with the top of its compost level with the surface of the soil. Allow a metre between this plant and others as it will cover more ground as it grows. Water well.

Planting in containers: Fill container with good quality, moisture-retentive but free-draining compost. Make a hole that’s the same size of the pot the fern comes in, water it well and place the fern within the hole. Water again to ensure the compost is moist.

Aftercare: Cut back any dead fronds to encourage new growth. Split ferns that grow too large in spring, before new fronds unfurl.

When to plant and what to expect at different times of the year

You can plant hardy shrubs, trees and perennials at any time of the year avoiding the two extremes of heat and cold. During the summer months when it is hot and dry the need for watering becomes crucial to aid successful establishment and in the winter when the soil is frozen the plants will not be in active growth either above or below ground and risk getting cold damage. The same is true on the stage or growth you can expect your plants to be delivered in and this will be directly related to the time of year and the season.

When ordering through the year, here’s a summary of what to expect when receiving your plants:

Spring Months: Plants supplied in spring will be starting to show signs of active growth above and below ground.

Summer Months: Plants supplied in the late summer will be more advanced in size and flower stage

Autumn Months: In the autumn plants will be changing colour, showing signs of leaf colour breakdown and be preparing to shut down for winter.

Winter Months: Plants ordered and supplied during the winter months will be dormant and therefore may not be showing growth above the soil level or consist of bare branches with no leaves or bare roots with no soil.

These are all perfectly normal and natural for these types of plants growing in the northern hemisphere. All will still have a very healthy root system that can be planted when the weather is favourable by keeping the new soil level equal to the pot level and therefore not covering the crown of the plant at all. Planting during the autumn and winter months will allow for early establishment in the season and a bigger and better display throughout the main growing season. For more information on our plant sizes click here.

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