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Name: Alan
Chandler, AZ; 85225 (Zone 9b)
Sunset Zone 13
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GardenGuyAZ
Jan 11, 2012 11:03 AM CST
Has anyone here tried growing the painted fern inside the house, as a houseplant? I am afraid it may get to hot here to grow it outdoors.

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Name: Alan
Chandler, AZ; 85225 (Zone 9b)
Sunset Zone 13
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GardenGuyAZ
Jan 12, 2012 8:20 AM CST
My painted fern will arrive Friday! Yeah! I may just try putting it out by my fountain/waterfall in the back yard, and see how it does there.

























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Stush2019
Jan 12, 2012 2:19 PM CST
Alan,
It should be ok. They love shade and that's what houseplants love. I can't believe it no different than any other houseplant fern. Go for it. If you plant it outside, put it in a pot so you could move it around until you find the right spot for it.
BTW I like you new photo, almost didn't recognize you in it. Looks good.
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ssgardener
Jan 12, 2012 5:53 PM CST
Wow, that's a gorgeous picture! Where did you order yours from?
Name: Alan
Chandler, AZ; 85225 (Zone 9b)
Sunset Zone 13
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GardenGuyAZ
Jan 12, 2012 7:52 PM CST
homedepot.com, believe it or not. they are selling a few plants on line, succulents, houseplants, also saw a couple of varieties of bleading heart on there.

























Name: Alan
Chandler, AZ; 85225 (Zone 9b)
Sunset Zone 13
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GardenGuyAZ
Jan 13, 2012 9:17 AM CST
Stush2019 said:Alan,
BTW I like you new photo, almost didn't recognize you in it. Looks good.


This photo is taken in Tombstone, Arizona. I am sitting in front of the largest Rose Tree in the world. It is the Tombstone, Lady Banks Rose. Incredible to see, when it is in bloom in March and April. Great place to take your family to see the demonstrated gunfights that happened, entertainment, etc....

























Name: Alan
Chandler, AZ; 85225 (Zone 9b)
Sunset Zone 13
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GardenGuyAZ
Jan 14, 2012 10:11 AM CST
I do not recommend Home Repo for getting this plant. Mine arrived yesterday. I'm guessing the fern is dormant. Basically I got a box of soil and roots. There is no live plant that I can see. Going to pot it up, and put it in a sunny window and hope for the best. If it doesn't come back from the runners, I can always get my money back with the Home Depot warranty.

Alan

























Name: Sheryl
Hot, hot, hot, Feenix, AZ (Zone 9b)
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sheryl
Jan 14, 2012 11:01 AM CST
Yeah, this is a tough time of the year for the warmer states - the rest of the garden world is basically asleep, when you are in your (or reaching) prime.

Please, don't expect *too* much sympathy... Rolling on the floor laughing
Rolling my eyes.
In the end, only kindness matters.

Science is not the answer, it is the question.


Name: Alan
Chandler, AZ; 85225 (Zone 9b)
Sunset Zone 13
Charter ATP Member Region: Southwest Gardening Organic Gardener Native Plants and Wildflowers Cottage Gardener I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database!
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GardenGuyAZ
Jan 14, 2012 1:53 PM CST
No, wasn't wanting sympathy, just warning everyone. I potted it up and put it in a bright sunny window...hopefully we will see something soon :)

























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ssgardener
Jan 14, 2012 3:10 PM CST
Alan, how disappointing! Thumbs down

I LOVE getting plants in the mail! I can't imagine opening the box to find nothing but dirt. Let's hope it recovers!

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tropicbreeze
Jan 14, 2012 5:45 PM CST
I did a bit of a google search on them and found some links that could be helpful. It appears with a bit of care they can be grown outdoors in Texas. They say they're deciduous, so probably arriving leafless is natural for your time of year.

http://www.gardening-tips-perennials.com/japanesepaintedfern...
http://home.howstuffworks.com/japanese-painted-fern.htm
http://davesgarden.com/guides/pf/go/365/
http://www.aboutferns.com/japanese_painted_fern.shtml
Name: Sheryl
Hot, hot, hot, Feenix, AZ (Zone 9b)
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sheryl
Jan 14, 2012 7:01 PM CST
No honey, I meant sympathy for your weather being so warm right now.

As long as they're not getting any direct sun or drying out.... should be good. I bet you could ask Barb on S'west, I bet she's tried 'em. If she tried Hosta and Clematis, lol....
In the end, only kindness matters.

Science is not the answer, it is the question.


Name: Alan
Chandler, AZ; 85225 (Zone 9b)
Sunset Zone 13
Charter ATP Member Region: Southwest Gardening Organic Gardener Native Plants and Wildflowers Cottage Gardener I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database!
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GardenGuyAZ
Jan 25, 2012 2:12 PM CST
Hey good news! See shoots starting to show above the soil on my painted fern. It's coming back from that blob of soil and roots...lol! Seems to love the sunny window.

























Name: 'CareBear'

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Stush2019
Jan 25, 2012 3:00 PM CST
Great news Alan. When it comes back like that it does make you feel good. Glad to hear. Hurray! Hurray!
Name: Sheryl
Hot, hot, hot, Feenix, AZ (Zone 9b)
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sheryl
Jan 25, 2012 8:21 PM CST
Yay!!!
In the end, only kindness matters.

Science is not the answer, it is the question.


Name: Alan
Chandler, AZ; 85225 (Zone 9b)
Sunset Zone 13
Charter ATP Member Region: Southwest Gardening Organic Gardener Native Plants and Wildflowers Cottage Gardener I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database!
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GardenGuyAZ
Jan 29, 2012 8:32 PM CST
Thanks everyone. I have to force myself to stop checking it every day. It grows way to slow when I do =)

























Name: Alan
Chandler, AZ; 85225 (Zone 9b)
Sunset Zone 13
Charter ATP Member Region: Southwest Gardening Organic Gardener Native Plants and Wildflowers Cottage Gardener I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database!
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GardenGuyAZ
Feb 1, 2012 1:09 PM CST
Here is a picture of the fern coming up. I think there are two different kinds of ferns in here. The brown colored ones are the painted fern. Not sure what the green plants coming up are??
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Name: 'CareBear'

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Stush2019
Feb 1, 2012 7:21 PM CST
Give it some time Alan. I think you will not be dissapointed. Some times thay start out more green them turn more purple.
Name: Sheryl
Hot, hot, hot, Feenix, AZ (Zone 9b)
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sheryl
Feb 4, 2012 7:19 AM CST
May I suggest misting it when you think about it? You probably already are, but just in case....
In the end, only kindness matters.

Science is not the answer, it is the question.


Name: Alan
Chandler, AZ; 85225 (Zone 9b)
Sunset Zone 13
Charter ATP Member Region: Southwest Gardening Organic Gardener Native Plants and Wildflowers Cottage Gardener I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database!
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GardenGuyAZ
Feb 4, 2012 7:57 PM CST
Yep, have been misting it daily, and also now misting a unrooted (so far) white day blooming Epiphyllum right next to it Smiling This came free in my order of a rooted Disocactus ackermannii. It's really starting to take off in that window with our sunny and warm days we have been having. I've ordered some macrame hangers, so I can hang it right in front of that window. Macrame hangers are getting so hard to find anymore. No one carries them. Sad And they are so perfect for pots.

Alan

























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