Transplanted ferns--will they live?
A friend has a cottage on lake MIchigan with a shady area behind that is filled with ostrich ferns, English Ivy, Day Lilies, Vinca, etc. She's trying to maintain a path through this growth, so offered to have us dig up the ferns she wanted gone so we could plant them at our house. We dug them up at 6 pm, transported them the 40 min drive in a plastic box and put them into the ground the next morning. We've watered them deeply and daily, since their new home is quite sandy. Some look barely alive, with a few green fronds left. Others have all their fronds curled and darkened to a crisp.
Is it possible the crisp ones might still survive? Could new fronds appear next spring even though they look like goners? TIA.