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Dividing ferns

Posted by cjthalman (My Page) on
Wed, Oct 25, 06 at 13:09

I have two heirloom ferns. They were my grandmothers. My aunt cared for them after Grandma died in 1982 -- my aunt divided them regularly. Now my aunt is also gone and I have two of the ferns. They need to be divided. My cousin said that her mom basically cut them in half with a big knife and put them in new pots... Is that the best way? Is there a particular time of year that is better than others for doing this? Thanks for the help.

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RE: Dividing ferns

That is exactly how I've always divided containerized ferns. I would wait until spring for this undertaking; the plants will recover faster at that time.

By the way, root pruning is a commonplace practice and when done with a sharp instrument, is beneficial for plants. I use a little (straight blade) pruning saw for all of my root pruning.

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