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Q.Last Summer I Bought A Boston Fern That Was Just About Dead. They Had Cut It Back So Much They Only Left 3 Ten Inch Growths Of Plant.

Zone Bozeman MT | madslomb added on May 3, 2020 | Answered

I took it home and started watering and misting it, and a new tinier fern sprouted from the roots. I want to re-pot the smaller one and get rid of the older one, but I don’t know if it’s dead or dormant. What should I do?

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Answered on May 5, 2020

Unfortunately, your photo did not come through. I am unable to see what the situation is.

If the roots have not, completely, filled out the container that it is in I wouldn't recommend repotting it.

If the plant is rootbound, then you will need to cut away much of the root system, leaving only about the same size as the small plant. This is not the preferred option. It is best to leave it in one container for as long as possible, but it may be necessary depending on the root situation.

Here is an article that will help you with the care of the fern:


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