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When to bring Ferns in for winter

Posted by ajja1970 Ontario/Toronto (My Page) on
Sat, Sep 22, 07 at 16:38

Hi there....
I am very new to gardening and live in Toronto. I have two beautiful Ferns on my balcony that just thrived during this summer. When would it be a good idea to bring them in for the winter and also I beleive I need to re-pot them in larger pots wgat would be a good soil for them.
I know this sounds a little naive but just getting started in having plants.(real ones)
Thank for any help you can offer

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RE: When to bring Ferns in for winter

It really depends on what kind of fern. If tropical, house plant type ferns then you will need to bring them in the first night that frost is predicted. Any house plant/container soil can be used for repotting.

If they are actually hardy, outdoor ferns you have a bit of a problem. Those ferns need to have a dormant period during the winter in a cool, dark place. Basement root cellers and unheated garages are good places to put container grown hardy ferns for the winter but you won't have those in an apartment. You could try overwintering on the balcony with a thick layer of straw insulation and keep your fingers crossed.

Here is a link that might be useful: Overwintering containers

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