Boston & Kim Ferns - Winter Care - Knowledgebase Question

Clayton, NC
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Question by Nancy2086
November 4, 1999
I have Boston and Kim ferns which have been kept outdoors all season. This year, rather than bring them in the house which proves to be too warm, I have moved them to the garage. Need tips on watering, do I cut them back or divide?

Answer from NGA
November 4, 1999
Your ferns will require good, indirect light, so place them near an east or north facing window in the garage. During the winter months they won't grow much, but they'll still require periodic watering so keep an eye on them and water thoroughly when the top of the soil begins to dry out. The best temperature range for ferns is 60F-70F. Minimum temperature is about 50F, so make sure your plants remain within the tolerable temperature range all winter. Don't cut back or divide until new growth begins in the spring.

Hope your ferns remain happy over the winter months!

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