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I have a tatting fern about 5 years old. It was adorable at first but now it is trying to revert, losing its orderly shaped fronds and getting weedy looking fronds. I have tried cutting these off in the past but there are now too many of them. If I divide it will it go back to being orderly? Or should I just go find a new baby fern?

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#1 Comment By Downtoearthdigs On 08/15/2017 @ 8:38 am

It sounds like you could be seeing fertile fronds, the reproductive structures of the plant, when in the past you have had mainly sterile fronds (the orderly looking ones). I am not sure if dividing the fern would increase the proportion of the orderly, sterile fronds, but it’s worth a try. The smaller ferns after division may spend a few years storing up energy again before attempting to reproduce.

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