I live 25 miles east of Eugene, Oregon and have many sword ferns in my yard. I'd like to move them to other locations in the yard. When is it best to move these plants, and is there anything special I need to know about the process?
Sword ferns can be moved almost anytime of year but it's not recommended in the heat of summer. Sring and fall being the best.
Suggestions when transplanting~
The root balls can hold a LOT of soil and can be very heavy! If needed, they can be divided.
Do not plant them deeper than they were, as they are shallow rooting.
Sword ferns make great companion plants to other evergreen shrubs such as Rhododendron and Mountain Laurel.
Other than that, they are easy plants to care of~
I recently bought two hanging sword ferns. They are very big. So big I'm afraid they may die in the pot they are in. So should I cut them back? Or would it be best to re-pot them?
You should repot them. You can either repot them to a larger container or divide them and put them in 2 same size or smaller containers.
We have countless sword ferns. One frond I just saw split near the tip into two separate tips. This seems quite unusual. Any ideas? Thank you.
It is unusual. It is likely just a mutation, known as a sport in the plant world. If the plant looks healthy otherwise, it is just that some code in its DNA got mixed up and created a plant version of a Siamese twin.
For gorgeous sword ferns in the Northwest, every 2-3 years cut them completely down in the month of March. By June they will be awesome, a brilliant green, sometimes coming in even bigger than they were the year before!
Thank you I will pass it on!
I'm assuming you would grow in same conditions as Boston ferns are.
The answer is yes, you can grow them indoors. It's important to try to replicate their natural habitat, however, which is the moist, shady forest. Here's an article that may be helpful: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/foliage/sword-fern/sword-fern-care.htm