Ostrich Fern

allandale(3b)July 3, 2009

I recently planted roots purchased at nursery and while new growth started within a few days, it does not appear normal. Most fronds are growing horizontally from crown and are twisted and warped. At time of purchase there were some stunted-looking stalks that had been sheared back, but I assumed this was due to packing conditions. However, all of the new growth appears the same.I was careful selecting culture and soil medium and there is no evidence of disease or rot. It's possible that a commercial fertilizer used on nearby plants, strayed to the ferns, but no other products have been used. Could it be that I planted the roots in the wrong position? Any suggestions would be welcome

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lycopus(z5 NY)

If the fronds are not growing vertically the crown might not be oriented correctly. The stalks that you mention should be pointing upward. Another possibility is that the shoots tips were physically damaged and you will need to wait for the plant to create new ones, assuming it has enough stored energy. Even those deformed leaves may be able to undergo some photosynthesis so leave them be. Otherwise just keep them moist and hope for the best. Bare-root plants purchased from nurseries often take considerable abuse before they are lucky enough to find their way back into the ground.

    Bookmark   July 10, 2009 at 7:59AM
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Thanks for the suggestions. New growth appears to be vertical and healthy so I think your advice about damaged shoot tips was right on.

    Bookmark   July 16, 2009 at 3:13PM
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