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Q.Do ferns planted under trees need fertilizer

Zone Northern section of West Virginia | WvMary added on June 8, 2014 | Answered

Do ferns planted under trees need fertilizer and, if so, what is recommended? Ferns are planted in a stand of oak trees and are being used to naturalize the area.

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Answered on June 10, 2014

They don't really need fertilizer, because of the leaves and debris dropped by the oaks. Also many ferns can be damaged by too much fertilizer. If you feel you must, once a year in late spring sprinkle slow release balanced (equal numbers, or 3-1-2 ratio) fertilizer.

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