Ferns around Camellias??

steveg91February 21, 2008

Hi Folks, just planted two 5 gallon Camellias, planted two 1 gallon Leather Ferns about 18 inches from the stalks. I want to plant two more Ferns, these'll be about 24 inches from stalks. I was told that this is too close and that the Fern roots will harm the Camellias, is this true?

Thanks so much, Steve

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luis_pr(7b/8a Hurst, TX)

Fern by themselves should not be a problem around camellias. Autumn Ferns for example will probably look nice around camellias. I have some un-named varieties around several camellias right now.

However, I would look at the planting instructions for the ferns and find out how far they should be planted from other ferns. Then keep apart that distance from the camellias too. Some distance between plants improves the air flow between them and this in turn helps minimize fungal problems. After all, camellias are slow growers and you do not want the ferns to overwhelm the camellia bush to the point where you cannot see much of the bottom.

    Bookmark   February 22, 2008 at 6:29PM
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