Button fern

gardeniarose(z10FLA)March 11, 2005

Hi folks,

I have a small button fern (Pellaea rotundifolia) in a 4" pot that is outgrowing the pot. Can I split it in two and repot the two halves in new 4" pots without killing it? I did this with larger Boston ferns and they did fine but this guy is small. Thanks!

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You certainly can divide the rhizomes of button ferns. If I were you, though, I'd probably just stick it in a larger pot, rather than repotting in pots it'll just outgrow again.

Patrick Alexander

    Bookmark   March 15, 2005 at 9:52AM
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Hi Patrick,
I did decide to just repot it into a larger pot. In fact I am leaving in a few minutes to buy a pot for it. I just liked the look of the plant in the small pots so I thought dividing it in two would work.

    Bookmark   March 15, 2005 at 10:27AM
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Tawnyap(z5 IN)

I was wondering the same thing. How would you divide it if you wanted to?

I'm sort of a fern newbie that has fallen in love.

    Bookmark   March 19, 2005 at 5:08PM
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I didn't divide the button fern after all. I just repotted it in a larger pot. But a couple of months ago I did divide 2 large Boston ferns. All I did was take them out of their pots making sure to keep the whole root ball intact. Then cut right through the whole thing with a sharp serrated knife. The sharper the better so you won't tear the plant apart. I cut through the roots and dirt and then pulled apart into 2 halves. Then repotted each half. They are doing great now. I just had to hand pick out a few dead fronds that were severed when I cut them apart. Good luck!

    Bookmark   March 19, 2005 at 5:35PM
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