february fern cleanup question

vmarcos68(8A)January 25, 2006

In my area it is suggested that ferns be cut back to ground level making more lush in summer. The list also included clematis and lavender.

My question is, should all ferns be cut back or only the ones with some worn out leaves near the bottom. Most of my ferns look good right now having cut them back last february. All of my ferns are wild , naturally occuring.

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Native ferns don't require any clean up or cut back to make them grow any differently. They will send up the same amount of fronds either way. The only difference is that without the old dead fronds, they might LOOK better and therefore lusher. However, the old dead fronds provide a means for the plant to trap and keep organic material close by for nourishment and a natural mulching effect (dead leaves get stuck in them as well as the decay of the fronds themselves).

Do you know, are these Christmas ferns?

    Bookmark   January 26, 2006 at 7:00AM
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Probably not Christmas ferns, but rather sword ferns.

    Bookmark   January 26, 2006 at 7:01AM
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Looks like sword ferns.
They are native ones commonly occuring here. There is also a perennial one that pops up with what I call fiddleheads in the spring and die back to the ground in winter.

Id like to cut back the ones growing under my porch some day since they stick out through the lattice with the stems inaccesible.

    Bookmark   January 26, 2006 at 2:35PM
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My ferns have been under plastic all winter and 1/2 of the pot is green and the other half looks dead (from the cold).. Should I repot them and cut off the roots from the dead part or leave them on and hopefully they will come back out?.

    Bookmark   March 7, 2006 at 1:09PM
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what is the proper way to remove dead leaves? I was told to scrape them off by one person and to cut them by another...???

    Bookmark   May 24, 2006 at 12:18PM
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karinl(BC Z8)

If you have a new question, start a new thread.

    Bookmark   May 26, 2006 at 12:11PM
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can you cut from the bottom of a tree fern to make it smaller ?

    Bookmark   April 13, 2011 at 10:34PM
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