will climbing fern grow in my area?

quirkpod(7 Lewisville NC)July 30, 2009

Does anyone else grow it and is it hardy?

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tamelask(z8a NC)

i think so- why don't you ck on dave's garden site. Someone will have reported a range there. I know the native one is from up in new england (and is very hard to grow and endangered). The japanese one is dead easy to grow, and spreads itself around.

    Bookmark   July 30, 2009 at 12:24PM
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esh_ga

The japanese one is consider very invasive, by the way. You should be ok with the native one.

I got a piece of it once in some pine straw and it took root and started to grow until I realized what it was.

Here is a link that might be useful: Invasive

    Bookmark   July 30, 2009 at 3:09PM
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ncrescue

I agree with Esh re the Japanese one. I have a friend who started it, and it has gone everywhere!

I am growing the native one, but I have to tell you that it is so slow...still little after several years. Every summer it has grown, only to die back in the winter, then re-emerges. It is probably suffering from lack of moisture as we have been so droughty for several years. But it DOES grow near you.

    Bookmark   July 30, 2009 at 7:57PM
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tamelask(z8a NC)

where'd you find the native one, ncrescue?

i've had the japanese for several years now and while it has popped up in a few places, it hasn't gone nuts. Seems to need a lot of moisture to successfully germinate/go through the ferns stages and very little of my yard is really moist. I certainly wouldn't plant it near wetlands.

    Bookmark   July 31, 2009 at 10:37AM
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esh_ga

I don't know about that tamelask - my volunteer japanese one came in with pine straw and sprouted in the middle of a path. I don't think it got much moisture but managed to chug it's way to adulthood!

My native one is still in a pot - about 4 years after being rescued in piney area. I'm afraid to plant it out for fear that I'll lose it!

    Bookmark   July 31, 2009 at 4:53PM
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ncrescue

I got my native climbing fern from Tom Goforth, who propates native ferns down in SC near Clemson. He has not had climbing fern recently, but you never know when he may get some to 'selling' size.

He will actually take you out in the woods to look at ferns if you call ahead and set up a time. All of his are grown through spore propagation, not dug from the wild. He sells large ferns but also can sell plugs for people to grow out and re-sell. He does workshops very well but his talks are some times over my head.

He is a great person, knowledge based in geology, which is, of course, the source of soils and thus plants, and also is very artistic and creative. An interesting character.

Here is a link that might be useful: Crow Dog Ferns

    Bookmark   July 31, 2009 at 7:37PM
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tamelask(z8a NC)

thanks, esh and ncrescue for the info! I appreciate it!

    Bookmark   July 31, 2009 at 10:07PM
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