Fern 'bulbs'

cnecholsApril 1, 2010

I know they are not bulbs but I have just pulled 3 big ferns out of pots (which was a huge job) and divided them into 6. There are tons of "balls", "bulbs" in the dirt that I assume are new growth, fertilized eggs if you will, ? What are they and can I plant these in the ground and expect maybe new fern growth? any suggestions?

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Could they just be leftover slow-release fertilizer balls?

    Bookmark   April 2, 2010 at 6:08AM
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lycopus(z5 NY)

Most ferns form rhizomes, which are basically horizontal stems under the soil. They also reproduce via spores but those are smaller than the naked eye can see. Spores develop directly into little plants on the surface of the soil, so the little "balls" are probably not associated with the ferns.

    Bookmark   April 2, 2010 at 4:52PM
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I have noticed these little bulb like thingies stuck to the root ball area. They are definitely something to do with the roots, but I tried planting them and no fern emerged...

    Bookmark   April 20, 2010 at 9:47PM
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