Do I need to trim back ferns?

bevingaNovember 17, 2007

Hi,

I live in NW Georgia and we recently had a couple of cold snaps. I have a bed with several different varieties of ferns...Autumn Fern, Shaggy Shield Fern, Japanese Painted Fern, Korean Rock Fern, Holly Fern. My ferns have all begun to turn yellow/brownish and I know they will die off before too long. They really are not very attractive right now, so I was wondering if it would hurt their reproduction in the spring if I go ahead and trim them back, say to the ground or about an inch above the ground, then cover with pine straw.

Thanks!

Beverly

Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
esh_ga

Doesn't hurt a bit.

    Bookmark   November 17, 2007 at 7:20PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
bevinga

Thanks! I babied these plants until the drought won the fight and just don't want to do anything to hurt the ones I was able to save, which was most of what I planted during the past two or three years including this year. I just love my ferns!

Again, thanks!
Beverly

    Bookmark   November 17, 2007 at 8:46PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
jscaldwell

So, no problem chopping this guy down close to the ground before spring? It stayed pretty green and healthy until a hard frost we had a few weeks ago. Assuming it will come back?

    Bookmark   January 27, 2015 at 1:45PM
Sign Up to comment
More Discussions
Tips on growing ferns from spores? Have prothallia!
This year I decided I'd try my hand at growing ferns...
candogal
Bird's Nest Fern with yellowing leaves and white dots
Hi there, We've had our Bird's Nest Fern (Asplenium...
pkozul
Can someone help me ID this fern?
Hi, I purchased this fern 2 years ago from eBay. They...
odysseos
Is this a moss / lichen / ???
Hello all, I picked this (attached picture) up along...
pessimizt
Sphagnum moss problem
This happened once before when it got too hot but this...
cooperdr_gw
© 2015 Houzz Inc. Houzz® The new way to design your home™