Messy ferns


Old 01-01-10, 05:31 AM
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Messy ferns

I'm in south Florida and hae a couple of questions about keeping fern beds lush looking. I have a few beds of ferns (Boston among others) that tend to get kind of messy looking (old naked brown stems, fronds of different lengths, kind of tired looking). I trim them back about 1/3 periodically and they come back the same way. All are in semi-shaded areas.

I've been toying with the idea of cutting them back almost to the ground. Will this refresh them, or hurt?

Also, what else do I need to know about fern care? Should they be fertilized?
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Old 01-11-10, 01:32 AM
Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: TX
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Re: Messy Ferns

Hi Suobs. I had very lush ferns growing in a shaded area, but they can be a bit invasive. They seemed to spread by underground root systems, and periodically, I would pull the brown ones out (with a few green ones), and it would improve the appearance quite a bit. I'm not a fan of cutting them, because that leaves a choppy appearance.

Any green ones you pull out can be either replanted, used for indoor flower arrangements, or possibly taken to a nearby florist for their flower arrangements. I deposited quite a few there, myself.

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