Ostrich Ferns
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Ostrich ferns

Zone Scammon, ks 66773 | Anonymous added on November 29, 2017 | Answered

I just purchased an Ostrich fern ,Nov 28, and it said to plant it now. I was wondering if I could plant it in a large outside pot to leave outside through the winter months?

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Downtoearthdigs
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Answered on November 30, 2017

The ostrich fern is winter hardy in gardening zones 3 to 7, and it looks like all of Kansas is in zones 5 and above. Plants in pots generally need to be two gardening zones warmer than their usual rating when they are in pots, because the roots are exposed to cold more in a pot. So yes, you can place the fern in a pot for the winter or as long as you'd like.

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