elkhorn fern - Knowledgebase Question

summerland, Fl
Question by ellecondo
April 1, 2010
have an elkhorn fern growing in the y of a huge tree. it is multiplying and i would like to remove part and transplant some elsewhere


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Answer from NGA
April 1, 2010

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It shouldn't be a problem to divide your elkhorn fern. Study the fern before dividing, and look for natural divisions or offsets. Use a clean, sharp knife to cut down into the fern and sever each branching rhizome. Cut deeply enough to sever the rhizome and its roots. You can pot up the offsets in a coarse, well-draining potting mixture or in moss-lined baskets, or you can attach the plantlets with plastic-covered wire to a slab of tree-fern fiber, bark or wood. A nest of damp sphagnum moss covering the roots will help maintain moisture. Mist every day or two for a couple of weeks to help the offsets establish.

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