Top Questions About Foxtail Ferns

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Questions About Foxtail Ferns

Asked by
cindyBRN on
July 17, 2017
Little River SC zone 8

Q. Foxtail fern

My potted foxtail has started turning brown in the center. The outer / older fronds are fine, but the inner ones are turning brown in less than a week after I trim the already dead ones.

Answered by
Downtoearthdigs on
July 19, 2017
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This is a common symptom of root rot. Make sure the soil is well draining. Allow the soil to dry out a bit before watering again.
Cut back any stalks that look dead.

https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/foliage/asparagus-fern/foxtail-asparagus-ferns.htm

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Asked by
heykate on
December 7, 2017
Dexter, MI 48130

Q. Foxtail ferns

My foxtail fern leaves(s) have all yellowed as colder weather has set in. I live in southeastern Michigan.
Instructions seem to be to cut back yellowed parts, but in this case it would be the entire plant.
Is it dead?
Thank you.
Kate

Answered by
BushDoctor on
December 7, 2017
Certified Expert
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Yes, your plant is dying for the winter. This can only be grown in tropical zones as a perennial. In your area it will be an annual. You will have to replant every year, or keep it as a houseplant. Here is an article for more information: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/foliage/asparagus-fern/foxtail-asparagus-ferns.htm

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Anonymous on
August 8, 2018

Q. Foxtail fern

Just got in may. Always wanted one. Growing but new growth is not tight looking more loose like asparagus fern. I like the tight sprouts that is why I like this plant.

Answered by
Downtoearthdigs on
August 10, 2018
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Asked by
Sunny3cee on
August 26, 2018
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Q. I have a triple foxtail palm.

I have a triple foxtail palm and one of the three palms is a lot smaller. Can I cut that palm without hurting the other two?

Answered by
BushDoctor on
August 28, 2018
Certified Expert
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You can cut this shoot if you would like, without harm to the palm. They will grow just fine in a cluster like this, though if you choose to keep it.

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Answered by
Sunny3cee on
August 31, 2018
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Thank you!

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Asked by
Jlfreshproduceandnursery18 on
December 28, 2018
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Q. What are those round white balls in the root system foxtail ferns

What’s the round white balls growing off the roots of foxtail ferns

Answered by
Downtoearthdigs on
December 28, 2018
Certified Expert
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I love these plants and even though their called Foxtail Ferns or Myers Ferns, they actually aren’t true ferns,
These plants have very dense & fleshy roots which grow from fat tubers.
These balls, which develop where the fronds meet the underground rhizomes, are small, round growth nodules about the size of a grape. The nodules, also known as “bulbils,” usually appear near the end of the growing season, between late summer and autumn.

https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/foliage/asparagus-fern/foxtail-asparagus-ferns.htm

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