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How to split a foxtail fern plant? This fern is from California, from a relatives garden, a small cutting which fit into a 6-inch pot. It was divided 6 or 7 yrs ago by the nursery in our town. Two plants exacting the same size. One is still alive and now it needs to be divided, and its twin died – same light on them and same care.
That is curious isn't it - one twin dying, the other flourishing? Probably some disease some fungal spores got into the one pot, or were already on the plant when it was divided. Now you're ready to divide again. First question, are you sure you want to divide (in other words, you want to have two plants instead of one,) or do you want to up-pot (put the plant into a larger pot so it can continue to grow larger?)
If dividing is what you want, it's not difficult. Take your plant (not a fern, of course, more information here: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/foliage/asparagus-fern/foxtail-asparagus-ferns.htm ) out of the pot, and simply divide it with you hands and a sharp knife. Here's an article to help you: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/garden-how-to/propagation/propgen/dividing-plants.htm
After it's divided, repot the two pieces, spreading out the roots, you can probably re-use the original pot, and another the same size. Here are some pointers on repotting: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/houseplants/hpgen/learn-more-about-repotting-houseplants.htm
Should we trim them back and store them in the garage in the winter? We live in Northwest Texas and have successfully cared for asparagus ferns in this manner, keeping them alive and attractive for years.
Foxtail fern and asparagus fern care are generally similar, so yes, this is a good plant. It is best to let the foliage die back by itself rather than cutting it when it's still green. When it turns brown you can then cut it back.
Foxtail fern will be damaged by temperatures below 20-25 degrees F, so make sure they are covered or indoors if the teperature in your garage will be below that.
I bought 2 of those beautiful Fox Tail Ferns near the end of last year, I have both in those Terra Cotta 7″-11″ Pots…but they are not growing and it’s Summer 2017 now.
They are both in front of my Apartment front door area with both Bright and Shady light. I have watered them only on weekends and since March even watered twice during the week to figure out why they aint growing. HELP, Please Help. Other than that end result, I’ve seen in the middle of the plant – part of it dried up.
Do I need a bigger pot? Do I need to re-soil? That awesome Green color I don’t see it no more as when I bought it? I can send a pic later.
And can a unknown chemical kill it slowly (For I have bleep nozy neighbor whom I believe could be doing something to them, for I am finding spray spots on my window front glass walls/ entrance glass sliding doors). I can send a pic later.
I use Terra Cotta plants on my 2 Foxtail Fern Plants, what is the “Minimum” size pot to use. Currently my two pots are near 12’inches…
Some have said that is why it’s not growing. It does not appear it is. Thank You.
Make sure the soil is a good quality and well draining.
This article will help you access the care and growing conditions.