DescriptionLeathery Polypody (Polypodium scouleri) is a native fern that grows along the coast. Beautiful, leathery, deeply lobed, evergreen fronds grow on creeping rhizomes to about 8-12 inches tall and slowly spreading. It tends to grow in fog drip or salt spray zones, at elevations from sea level to 2,000 feet. It is quite often seen growing on trees or fallen logs and spreads slowly by rhizomes. It is an attractive fern for shaded areas.
Grow in sun near the coast, shade anywhere with average to no water. Requires good drainage with a humusy soil and some summer moisture, but not overly wet.
Plant ferns in moist soil rich in organic matter.Combine half potting mix with half peat moss. Don't use potting mix that contains fertilizer (it can dissolve too fast and burn delicate fern roots).
Can be grown indoors too! Tolerates salt spray.
Wonderful on rocks, cracks in walls, and logs in shady locations. Excellent in containers. Makes a lovely hanging basket.
Ferns in general love humidity. You can spray in the air above the fern and let the mist settle on leaves. Most ferns like an evenly moist soil with regular waterings. Water them daily but just enough to keep the soil moist and not wet. Allowing the soil to dry out between waterings stresses these plants.
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