How Do You Care For Dryopteris Marginalis?

How Do You Care For Dryopteris Marginalis?

Dryopteris Marginalis does not require care the same way that most houseplants do. It is a great choice for anyone who is looking for an unusual plant that is easy to care for and can be used as a houseplant or it can be brought indoors during the winter time.

To keep it healthy, regular watering will be needed and you should try to place your plant in an area where it has access to water as much as possible. You will also have to stop fertilizing it during the summer because it will dry out. The following are the factors to consider when caring for Dryopteris Marginalis;


It is important to keep your Dryopteris Marginalis in a partial sun or partial shade. The light from the sun will help to keep the plant healthy and it will also let it produce blooms.

Dryopteris Marginalis does not like direct sunlight because it can cause them to wilt and die. If you have limited sunlight in your home, then you can place your Marginal Wood Fern near a window where it will receive some indirect light.

If the Marginal Wood Fern is getting too much direct light, then its leaves may turn yellow and fall off.


The soil of your plant should be kept consistently moist but not soggy. If you want to do an in-depth watering, then you should water the soil a little bit at a time with a watering can or by attaching the hose to your spigot and filling the pot with water slowly into the sink so that it will not overflow.


You should water your Dryopteris Marginalis every week or two. After it has been watered, you should wait for the soil to dry out between watering. Dryopteris Marginalis will dry out much faster than other plants. The soil may look damp but the roots could still be dry.


Dryopteris Marginalis cannot survive harsh temperatures below freezing and the ideal temperature range for your Marginal Wood Fern is 60 to 80 degrees Fahrenheit. If the temperature goes above or below this range, then the leaves will start to wilt and it can die.


When humidity is low, the leaves of your Dryopteris Marginalis (Marginal Wood Fern) will start to yellow and fall off. To keep your plant healthy, it is important to increase the humidity level in your home by placing it near a draft-free window that is facing east or west.


You can fertilize your Marginal Wood Fern with a general houseplant fertilizer once every two weeks during the summer. You should skip fertilizing it during the winter because it will dry out quickly.

Steps to Take If you notice that your Marginal Wood Fern is starting to wilt, then you should not wait for the leaves to fall off on their own. Instead, you should cut off the dying leaves with a pair of scissors and place them in a cup of water for a couple of hours to revive them.


Propagation of Dryopteris Marginalis (Marginal Wood Ferns) can be done by division and Spores. When propagating Dryopteris Marginalis from spores, you should give it a lot of indirect light (do not place it near a window that is facing directly at the sun).

They can also be propagated by division. When you divide Marginal Wood Ferns into new pots, you should use a potting soil that drains well because their roots are growing at the edge of the pot. Dryopteris Marginalis will grow new roots along its rhizome and they will grow in the direction that they are facing.


Repotting your Dryopteris Marginalis (Marginal Wood Fern) every two to three years is recommended so that you can encourage new growth.

To repot your Marginal Wood Fern, you should use a pot that is the same size as the one it was in before potting. When you repot your plant, you should remove all of the soil from the rootball and place it in the new pot so that there are no gaps in the roots of your plant.


You should only prune Dryopteris Marginalis (Marginal Wood Ferns) in order to control the size of your plant or to remove dead or dying leaves. You should never prune Dryopteris Marginalis when it is dormant because this will slow down its growth.

You can choose to prune off any dead, yellowing, or browning leaves as well as any branches that are growing out from the main stem and are not stabilized.

Pests and Diseases

Dryopteris Marginalis (Marginal Wood Ferns) is susceptible to rot and disease. For this reason, it is important to take care of it by pruning off any branches that are growing out of the main stem and are not stabilized. Furthermore, you should only remove them if you are sure that the branch does not have a root attached to it.

Is Dryopteris Marginalis A Perennial?

Dryopteris Marginalis, often known as the marginal shield fern or marginal wood fern, is a perennial species of fern found in moist, shaded places from Texas to Minnesota and Newfoundland in eastern North America. Once established, it prefers moderately acidic to circumneutral soils in milder regions, but is extremely drought-resistant.

In the warmest portions of its habitat, it is more likely to be found on non-calcareous rock faces facing north. It is prevalent in a variety of heights across its range, including ledges, rocky slopes, and stream banks. The margins or edges of the leaflets are where the sori are situated, thus the name marginal wood fern.

Dryopteris Marginalis with immature sori placement at the leaf margins. Dryopteris Marginalis is one of the few evergreen ferns, along with Polystichum acrostichoides (Christmas fern). The marginal wood fern develops from a clump with a noticeable central rootstock, which may be exposed and give the appearance of a miniature tree fern.

Typically, dead leaves will collect beneath the plant. The stipe, or stem, which supports the leaf is around a quarter of the leaf’s length and is coated in golden brown scales. The stipe is grooved on the upward-facing side, dark reddish-brown at the base, and becomes green as it ascends the leaf.

Is Dryopteris Marginalis Invasive?

The Marginal Wood Fern is a non-invasive evergreen fern. The twice-pinnate, fronds grow to 3 feet tall. Perfect for a low care shade garden. The foliage is most attractive when young, but remains green even in winter. The Marginal Wood Fern is a good choice for shaded gardens and woodland settings.

Dryopteris Marginalis (marginal wood fern) is an evergreen fern that prefers to grow in shaded, moist areas. It generally grows to be between 1 and 2 feet tall. If planted where it has sunlight, the fronds will die off. So it’s best to always plant this specific type of fern in shaded areas only. Dryopteris Marginalis is considered a subshrub, but there are no edible parts.

The Marginal Wood Fern is a deciduous perennial that is native to North America and Asia.  This desirable species of fern has green and lacy fronds that are spore-bearing, with medium-fine texture and a medium growth rate.  This hardy fern spreads by creeping rhizomes, which increases its size over time.

How Big Are The Leaves Of Dryopteris Marginalis?

Dryopteris Marginalis’s foliage is a bit different from other ferns. The plant has two kinds of leaves: the lance-shaped sori and the fronds. While most ferns have one set of lance-shaped sori that wraps around their fronds, Dryopteris Marginalis has two sets and each set forms on a different branch or stem.

The leaf is a dark blue-green and thick and leathery in texture. It grows 1–2 feet in height and around 6 in width. Each leaf is divided up into leaflets which are positioned on either side of the main stem. The ends of these leaflets are often curled toward the tip of the leaf.

These leaflets themselves are separated into subleaflets which are blunt-tipped and either serrated or lobed. The fertile leaflets (leaflets carrying sori and spores) are identical to the fertile leaflets in size and appearance.

The spherical sori are found on the edges of the leaf tissue. Before the sori are ripe they start gray then they turn an amazing blue-violet tint before ultimately turning brown when they are grown. The sori are coated in a kidney-shaped indusium which is smooth.

What Is The Best Soil For Dryopteris Marginalis?

Dryopteris Marginalis can tolerate a wide range of soil types, all of which are well-drained and slightly acidic. The most ideal soil for the fern to grow in is a peat moss-based compost.

If you do not want to buy organic compost then you can use garden soil because it is also well-drained, but you may have to add more than usual of your standard potting mix as the plant prefers a moist and slightly acidic environment.

The soil should be moderately fertile and well-drained. As a general rule, do not use soils that are too sandy or too clay-heavy if you want your Dryopteris Marginalis to grow in the best condition possible. Peat moss is the ideal soil for this fern. Soil moisture is also important during the growing season, so you should not always water your fern too much.

Can Dryopteris Marginalis Be Grown Indoors?

You can grow Dryopteris Marginalis inside your house if it is possible. In some gardens, you will see ferns being used as indoor plants instead of being grown outdoors. This is because this plant is versatile and can adapt to any conditions you provide.

You may want to use rubber mulch when growing this fern indoors so that your leaves do not rot because they are close to the soil. When growing indoor, it is best to give the plant an east- or west-facing window that has bright light.

You can also grow them under fluorescent lamps which will provide the ideal amount of light for your fern. To enhance the fern’s growth, you can spray water on its leaves a few times a day, misting them with water with a spray mister.

If you are growing this plant indoors, then you have to prune the fern by cutting off dead fronds and trimming the plant at soil level for optimum growth.

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