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Anonymous on
October 16, 2011

Q. Care of Fern Plants

We have three of the most beautiful ferns that we kept on our front porch during the warm times of the year. Now that the cold weather is upon us, I would like to know how do we store them for the winter months?

Answered by
Nikki on
October 17, 2011
Certified Expert
A.

You can try putting the plants into dormancy. Place the plants in a cool area, such as a garage, basement or, if there is a crawlspace, under the house. The plants will appear to die back but still water them about once a month. When the weather warms up, take tham out, place them somewhere warm and resume regular watering. They should regrow quickly.

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Asked by
Anonymous on
October 19, 2011

Q. Health Risks

Are there any health risks in keeping ferns and palms in your home during the winter?

Answered by
Nikki on
October 20, 2011
Certified Expert
A.

No, plants indoors are not harmful. Quite the opposite, actually. It has been shown that keeping plants, especially palms and ferns, can greatly improve the air quality in the home. The plants not only increase the oxygen levels inside, but they remove toxins from the air as well.

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Asked by
Anonymous on
October 26, 2011

Q. Transplanting Wild Ferns

When and how can I transplant wild ferns from one place in our yard to another?

Answered by
Nikki on
October 27, 2011
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Asked by
divagirl on
May 14, 2012

Q. my autumn fern has curling leaves but has plenty of water

I don’t understand what this means. I thought when that happened it needed water, but not in this case and it looks sparce. Please advise.

Answered by
Nikki on
May 15, 2012
Certified Expert
A.

Is this fern in a pot? It may need to be repotted. This article will help you with that: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/houseplants/hpgen/learn-more-about-repotting-houseplants.htm

It could also be a pest problem or a fungus. I would recommend treating the plant with neem oil. Neem oil will treat both fungus and pests. Here is more information on it: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/plant-problems/pests/pesticides/neem-oil-uses.htm

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Asked by
longhairdeb on
June 16, 2012

Q. how do you keep snakes out of your plant area?

I have a lot of ferns and wandering Jew on the ground and I have a small pet in the spring. We have a problem with snakes. Last year I put moth balls around the area, but it didn’t seem to help this year.

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Nikki on
June 16, 2012
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Asked by
kgriese55 on
August 8, 2012

Q. Foxtail Fern Question

Our foxtail ferns have been recently planted and get little sun and not direct. The tubers are starting to separate. Is that a sign of trouble? Thank you.

Answered by
Heather on
August 19, 2012
Certified Expert
A.

I don't think it is a sign of anything serious, but it may be a sign that the plant needs to be divided. I would try dividing it. This article will explain how to divide a plant:
https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/garden-how-to/propagation/propgen/dividing-plants.htm

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