How to grow Polystichum setiferum

Polystichum setiferum growing fern of the genus Polystichum also known as Soft shield-fern, Polystichum setiferum perennial evergreen or deciduous plant, used as ornamental plant, can grow in temperate, subtropical climate or as houseplant and growing in hardiness zone 6-9 and with the right care in hardiness zone 10a

Polystichum setiferum leaves

Leaves color green in pinnate shape and when the leaves young in F-clef.

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How to grow Polystichum setiferum – growing and care:

Humidity, well-drained soil

How to care?
Fertilize twice a year, use humus and organic matter, better to put mulch on the soil to keep the soil moist, and water with spray of water to keep high humidity

What is the best way to start growing?
Plant / Spores (it’s not seeds) / Vegetative reproduction propagation by daughter plants mostly need to take care when pull it from the ground you take all the roots, uncover the roots, dig around the plant and better to use air blower machine or wash it with stream, after reveal the roots need to disconnect them from the mother and wait, when the daughter plant can live by itself possible to take it out of the soil, also another option just to pull the plant from the soil less but less good

Is it necessary to use vegetative reproduction?

Difficulties or problems when growing:

Planting season:
Spring / Summer / Autumn

Pests and diseases:

Pruning season:
All year

How to prune:
Dead leaves

Size of the plant:
30-90cm, 12-36 inches

Growth speed in optimal condition:
Slow growing

Water requirement:
Small amount of water / Average amount of water

Light conditions in optimal condition for growing:
Half shade / Full shade

Is it possible to grow as houseplant?

Growing is also possible in a planter /flowerpot / containers:
Yes, when grow in contained need to choose 40-50% bigger container than the root ball also change the pot every few year or when the roots fill the container, when the pot arrive to the desirable size need every few years to switch the soil and cut some roots and leaves, soil should be: rich soil with organic matter possible to use potting soil or peat soil and perlite, watering regular don’t let it dry too much, put fertilizer 3-4 year and add humus and mulch.

Scientific name:

Polystichum setiferum

How to grow Polystichum setiferum

Polystichum setiferum

Polystichum setiferum plant care

Polystichum setiferum plant

Polystichum setiferum leaves

Growing Polystichum setiferum


  • Subtropics Climate
  • Temperate Climate
Ornamental parts
  • Ornamental leaves
  • Ornamental plant
Plant growing speed
  • Slow growing plants
Plant life-form
  • Deciduous
  • Evergreen
  • Fern
  • Perennial plant
Plant Uses
  • Indoor plants
  • Ornamental plants
Planting Season
  • Autumn Planting
  • Spring Planting
  • Summer planting
Plants sun exposure
  • Part shade Plants
  • Shade Plants
Watering plants
  • Regularly water
  • Small amounts of water
Hardiness zone
  • Hardiness zone 6
  • Hardiness zone 7
  • Hardiness zone 8
  • Hardiness zone 9

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