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dnb63 on
September 14, 2012

Q. when your fern plant has been trampled, should you trim it back

When your fern plant has been trampled, should you trim it back?

Answered by
Heather on
September 23, 2012
Certified Expert
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I would trim back fronds that turn brown or yellow and leave any others. Even damaged fronds will help the plant generate energy, which it needs to store up to survive the upcoming dormant season.

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Asked by
fayjp on
November 1, 2012

Q. Growth Around Root of Ferns

Over the root ball of my fern were pebbles like nodes over the entire area. Between the pot in which it was living and the roots, the nodes were hard, white, and cut like a potato. What are they?

Answered by
AnnsGreeneHaus on
November 6, 2012
A.

They are called tubers, and they are part of the root storage system like bulbs, corms and rhizomes. Ferns, chlorophytum and potatoes all have tubers in common.

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Asked by
Ra652ow on
June 11, 2013

Q. Remounting a Large Staghorn Fern

My 20 year old staghorn is now 3 feet across and wide. It has outgrown the circle of wood it’s mounted on. How do I remount it onto a new wood backing?

Answered by
AnnsGreeneHaus on
June 11, 2013
A.

Hopefully these links will help:http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/mg015 "Because of their relatively large size, staghorn ferns are rarely grown in pots except when produced as small specimens for sale at nurseries. Their natural, epiphytic growth habit makes them well suited for mounting on slabs of wood, tree fern fiber or wire baskets. To mount a fern on a piece of wood or tree fern fiber, place a few handfuls of organic growing medium such as peat, compost or rich potting soil on the wood slightly below center. Shape it in a circular mound and place the fern on it so that the basal fronds are in contact with the mounting material. Use wire (not copper), plastic strips or nylon hose to secure the fern tightly to its mount. When a wire basket is used, pack it with an organic medium and mount and secure the fern “face-up” on the medium. Hang the basket sideways. Pups (small plants) will eventually emerge from the back and sides of the basket and completely cover it.''

http://www.marthastewart.com/244112/staghorn-ferns-mount

Personally, I've never had much luck with staghorn ferns on plaques. I prefer to use a plastic or wire hanging basket and let the fern envelope it.

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Asked by
koliver on
July 27, 2013

Q. What Fertlizer for Ostrich Ferns

What fertilizer for ostrich ferns?

Answered by
AnnsGreeneHaus on
July 27, 2013
A.

This link will take you to an article about fertilizing Boston ferns: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/houseplants/boston-fern/boston-fern-fertilizer.htm

The information is the same for Ostrich ferns as for Boston's, except that you won't need to fertilize after July 4. This way, new growth will have time to harden off before first frost. You won't need to fertilize again until new growth starts showing in the spring. You should be able to find 20-10-20 fertilizer at your local greenhouse that grow their own plants. Most commercial growers use 20-10-20 and would be willing to sell a couple pounds at bulk price. Take a sealable plastic tub with you. If you can't get it, just use 20-20-20.

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Asked by
harkinsbeth on
September 4, 2013

Q. Asplenium Nidus Mature Size

I bought a great looking starter size & need to know what size pot to buy for a mature size fern. It is almost 12″ tall now; how big will it become? Thanks. Beth Harkins.

Answered by
Nikki on
September 5, 2013
Certified Expert
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On average, a bird's nest fern will reach anywhere from 3 to 5 feet in height with a spread of around 2 to 3 feet.

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Asked by
Nataliew on
October 27, 2013

Q. potted ferns winter care

Two large potted ferns kept outside throughout the spring & summer. Can I leave them outside throughout the winter months here in the Chicagoland area? What care do they need in the cold? Do I have to bring them indoors? They are huge!

Answered by
Heather on
October 29, 2013
Certified Expert
A.

I am guessing your ferns are Boston Ferns and they will need to be wintered indoors. This article will help you with doing that:
https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/houseplants/boston-fern/overwintering-boston-ferns.htm

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