Ferns - Knowledgebase Question

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Question by momanddadb
October 19, 2010
I have 2 types of ferns a Boston and a kimberly and I want to keep them over the winter in my basement. I have kept them over before but I have never cut them back. When would be the best time to cut them back, now or in the spring? I sit them out during the winter on days that it is above freezing and water them.

Answer from NGA
October 19, 2010
Since pruning encourages new growth and ferns do most of their growing in the spring and summer months, I'd wait until early spring to prune them back. Continue with your over-wintering strategy and plan on pruning or unpotting and dividing your ferns in late March or early April. The plants will recover quickly and look lush and full in a matter of weeks. Enjoy your ferns!

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