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Q.Do You Fertilize Ferns?

Zone Macon ga | Anonymous added on March 28, 2022 | Answered

I have southern shield and autumn ferns…I’ve heard that you don’t fertilize any ferns… is that so, or are there some you do feed and some you don’t?

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Answered on March 30, 2022

In general, you shouldn't need to fertilize them if you provide rich, organic soil for them to thrive. But it does depend on the fern. Some benefit from a monthly application of a natural fertilizer like fish emulsion. I'm including a University of Georgia publication with an extensive list of ferns and their care:





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