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Avoid Hot Spots for Ferns

By Sharon
August 19, 2011

Plant ferns away from the foundation of a house if that foundation gets hot afternoon sun. Bricks and concrete retain heat and too much heat kills most ferns.

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CAKnapp
Aug 18, 2011 7:48 PM CST
Years back, when we lived in Ohio, I had some beautiful ferns with jack-in-the-pulpits throughout on the north side of our house. Every Spring I would have to dig up the wandering new growth from the runners to move back into their designated area. Our small dog, Kelly, would hide under the ferns to watch the squirrels come down into the yard and then chase them back to the tree. Thanks for jogging my memory with that great tip and the beautiful photo!
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Christine27360
Aug 18, 2011 8:00 PM CST
Well that answers some questions I had about why some ferns died near the south side of the parsonage!
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Bubbles
Aug 18, 2011 9:03 PM CST
Good tip, some of my ferns have gone dormant to deal with the scorching heat.
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Sharon
Aug 18, 2011 9:51 PM CST
Ask me how I know that about hot foundations and ferns.
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Aug 18, 2011 11:13 PM CST
Rolling on the floor laughing I never knew about this since ferns like that hate Phoenix in the summer. We can't keep them alive. But a great tip!
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Name: Sharon
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Sharon
Aug 18, 2011 11:25 PM CST
My friend who lives in Chandler AZ called me tonight to tell me she was driving over tumbleweeds.
I had to ask what a tumbleweed was. Big Grin
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vic
Aug 19, 2011 5:35 AM CST
I didn't know this either but our ferns only grow in the deep shade of our woods.

GREAT tip!

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gingin
Aug 19, 2011 10:59 AM CST
Humph....I have some kind of climbing fern that loves the side of the house...keep trying to pull it out, but it refuses to leave. Rolling on the floor laughing
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Sharon
Aug 19, 2011 11:38 AM CST
Must be the shaded north side, maybe even a little swampy??
Teasing you, Gin, some kinds will do that if the conditions are just right.
Just look out for alligators hiding in the fern fronds. Big Grin
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Aug 19, 2011 11:50 AM CST
Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing more like snakes!! Bill was doing something the other day in that area and saw a snake watching him just as he got done...good thing too or we'd be plugging the hole if you get my drift Whistling Hilarious!
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Aug 19, 2011 1:06 PM CST
I cannot relate to this tip Rolling on the floor laughing Pretty photo Neil.
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valleylynn
Aug 19, 2011 1:31 PM CST
Sharon said:My friend who lives in Chandler AZ called me tonight to tell me she was driving over tumbleweeds.
I had to ask what a tumbleweed was. Big Grin

Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing Poor Sharon, doesn't know what a tumble weed is. Whistling

I also had never thought about not growing them along the foundation. Good to know.
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Tallulah_B
Aug 19, 2011 2:34 PM CST
Hiya Vic!! So, you're haunting this thread eh? Well, come out to Montana so we can meet, k? Rolling on the floor laughing
Dahlianut - you can't relate........ why? Confused Don't you grow ferns? What's that you say - only Dahlias? don't think so, m'girl - remember, I've been to your place.... not for years, therefore can't recall if you have ferns, but I Know you have other flowers/plants. btw - how's your garden renovation going? I haven't seen any pictures......
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Aug 19, 2011 2:44 PM CST
Hi there Susan Big Grin If I ever get back to Montana, I promise to give you a holler Thumbs up
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dahlianut
Aug 19, 2011 2:46 PM CST
Susan here I recommend that you grow ferns against the side of the house cuz some varieties need the extra heat Big Grin

Thanks everso for asking about the reno. Backs almost done. O and Peppy, Peppermint, Apple Blossom and Stinky the Skunks live under my garden shed now Smiling Don't recall when I added them to my design though Blinking
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Aug 19, 2011 3:09 PM CST
Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing Dahlianut, you really R a nut! I remember you saying that your dream is to have dahlias in every yard in Calgary. I'm trying, but am only taking baby steps...... as in "tiny dahlias".

Hey Vic - what's a Montana holler sound like? (and if you show me, I'll just say "OH, you're in Montana - Good! Come see me!!) Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing Whistling
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Aug 19, 2011 3:14 PM CST
I'd probably have to google that sound Rolling on the floor laughing
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Aug 19, 2011 3:15 PM CST
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Seedfork
Jul 15, 2014 2:05 PM CST
I know this is an old article, but I just planted some ferns...right next to a concrete curb! Well, it is pretty shady there, so maybe they won't overheat.
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Sharon
Jul 15, 2014 2:07 PM CST
They'll probably be just fine, Seedfork, as long as the curb stays cool in the shade. Sounds pretty too.
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