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can i split a fern?

Posted by just1morehosta 5-6 (My Page) on
Mon, Jan 28, 08 at 18:06

Hello, I am new to this forum,I have a question about a fern I have,the name is.'Athyrium Frizelliae'Last fall I bought this fern and just fell in love with it, I have managed to keep it alive and healthy all winter,my question is this, can I cut it apart like you would a hosta?I would like very much to get a couple of more plants from this one,Is this possiable,and at what time of the year Is the best time to do this?Thank you,Just1more

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RE: can i split a fern?

Yes, you can. If you look closely at the base, does it seem to have one than one "clump" of stems? If so, that's a natural place to divide it. Not so different from hostas, I think. But I would only do it if there seems to be a natural pair (or more) of groups.

RE: can i split a fern?

I agree with the above recommendation. Athyrium ferns are easy to divide compared with Osmundas.

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