my fern was cut, roots taken too, can I hope it will regrow from spores? - Knowledgebase Question

Question by journalistmena
August 27, 2017

Some creep took my fern at my mom's grave chapel and they took the root too, the vase is 2 ft wide 2 ft tall, unfortunately it was still young, should I just keep the soil and hope there is spores in there and water? it was a very rare fern, fountin like when grown, but, most important, it came from home!

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Name: greene
Savannah, GA (Sunset 28) (Zone 8b)
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A comment from greene
August 27, 2017
Comment only:
It would help to know what kind of fern we are talking about; do you know the name and do you have photos? Thank you

A comment from journalistmena
August 28, 2017
no full picture, just a frond which was not good enough for them, where is the icon to post pic? I may not be allowed from this box

Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
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A comment from DaisyI
August 28, 2017
Try to add a photo to your first post.

Name: Rick R.
Minneapolis, MN, USA zone 4
Answer from Leftwood
August 29, 2017


Unfortunately, spores do not grow like seeds do, and they require a lot more time and babying... if they grow at all. And, it is unlikely there are any spores left in the pot to begin with. You can google "growing ferns from spores" to get an idea of the process, but growing spores is a more advanced skill.

If there is even a single 1-2 inch long root left, there is a chance that it might regenerate into a plant. Plant the root horizontally, one-quarter inch deep and keep moist in the pot. You can seal the entire pot in a clear plastic bag so additional water would not be needed, but don't give it any direct sun or it will get too hot inside the bag. Keep it in the shade all the time. If anything grows, it will likely be 3-5 weeks before it emerges.

A comment from journalistmena
September 1, 2017
no, I just stuck the frond in the soil, is potting mix - the stuff with hormons - better liquid or powder/granule for ferns? thanks by the way, there may be tiny tiny pieces of root in the vase, i keep watering

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