Ferns year long - Knowledgebase Question

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Question by copelanddebo
October 21, 2009
how do I keep by ferns alive during the winter months in the South (GA)? They are all outdoors and there is no room to bring them inside.


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Answer from NGA
October 21, 2009

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Although some ferns are frost tender, many are hardy and will live over from year to year. These hardy ferns typically lose their foliage in the winter months but come back strong in the spring when the weather warms. If you have them in the garden all you need to do is prune off the foliage when it dies back after a frost and the pile up 3-4 inches of organic matter to help protect the crowns of the plants. You can use compost, straw, shredded leaves or pine needles as a mulch material. If they are in containers rather than in the ground you'll need to protect the roots. The best way to do this is to dig a trench near the foundation of your home or garage and sink the pots into the trench, then cover over them with organic material. Hope your ferns make it!

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