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May 5, 2020 10:44 AM CST
Name: Lesley
Florida (Zone 10b)
Hi everyone Smiling I've been "rescuing" my mother's plants and one of the many pots she had and I started watering is this plant here. It was most twigs but I thought something could come out of it and it did!! Is this a Fern? And if so what type? I moved it to the shade and stared watering and thats when it started growing. Not sure if this is what was originally in the pot though 😅 also, I want to know how to proceed? It's a little overcrowded and Want to start giving it some room to grow, but I'm just not sure how to go on. I don't want to traumatize it, if you understand what I mean? Please let me know and give me more tips and a "slap on the hand" haha. oh btw, it also started growing through the drainage hole!!
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May 5, 2020 11:25 AM CST
Name: Kim
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May 5, 2020 11:28 AM CST
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May 5, 2020 11:45 AM CST
Eastern Massachusetts (Zone 5b)
Looks like a fern. Looks very much like it is the original contents of that pot (rather than a volunteer).

I can't see the resemblance to the specific fern linked above. But I don't have the fern you have nor the one linked, so I don't have much basis for distrusting the specific identification.

The ferns I have experience with are hard to transplant successfully (I've succeeded multiple times, but failed a much larger number of times). The ones I have experience with need a consistent good balance between sunlight and water, meaning they might grow well anywhere from 10% sunlight to 50% sunlight, but the amount of water that is too much (and would kill them) at 10% sunlight is way too little (again killing them) at 50% sunlight.

I would not expect any location inside an ordinary house to be entirely off the top end of its sun tolerance, so you probably didn't need to move it. Moving it to less sun just reduced the frequency at which it will need water. If I misunderstood you and the original location had no roof over it, then maybe (but nowhere possible on my own property) it had been getting flat out too much sun.
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May 5, 2020 2:19 PM CST
Name: Lesley
Florida (Zone 10b)
jsf67 said:Looks like a fern. Looks very much like it is the original contents of that pot (rather than a volunteer).

I can't see the resemblance to the specific fern linked above. But I don't have the fern you have nor the one linked, so I don't have much basis for distrusting the specific identification.

The ferns I have experience with are hard to transplant successfully (I've succeeded multiple times, but failed a much larger number of times). The ones I have experience with need a consistent good balance between sunlight and water, meaning they might grow well anywhere from 10% sunlight to 50% sunlight, but the amount of water that is too much (and would kill them) at 10% sunlight is way too little (again killing them) at 50% sunlight.

I would not expect any location inside an ordinary house to be entirely off the top end of its sun tolerance, so you probably didn't need to move it. Moving it to less sun just reduced the frequency at which it will need water. If I misunderstood you and the original location had no roof over it, then maybe (but nowhere possible on my own property) it had been getting flat out too much sun.


Hi! Thank you for replying, I did need to move it actually haha because it was in direct sunlight on this hook on the fence and dead. It wasn't until I moved it to where it is now and I started watering it that it started showing signs of life again. That does sounds like a great idea having it Indoors, but would that too traumatic a change? And about transplanting it, do I just let it wait until it kind of just absorbs those twigs?
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May 5, 2020 2:34 PM CST
Eastern Massachusetts (Zone 5b)
Sorry I parsed your picture wrong. I thought it was a window between two different parts of indoors. I wasn't saying it should be indoors, I just thought it was.

Some of my own ferns are in direct sunlight for a large part of each day (less than half the day, but direct sun then, not dappled shade). Those are OK with some extra water.

Even once it is fully recovered, trying to transplant (to a different pot or to a bed in the garden) is a big risk. Moving the pot to a different place is not transplanting and should not be a big deal.

I forgot to comment on over crowded: In my experience, ferns do better when crowded. In my opinion, they also look better when crowded.
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May 5, 2020 3:46 PM CST
Name: Lesley
Florida (Zone 10b)
jsf67 said:Sorry I parsed your picture wrong. I thought it was a window between two different parts of indoors. I wasn't saying it should be indoors, I just thought it was.

Some of my own ferns are in direct sunlight for a large part of each day (less than half the day, but direct sun then, not dappled shade). Those are OK with some extra water.

Even once it is fully recovered, trying to transplant (to a different pot or to a bed in the garden) is a big risk. Moving the pot to a different place is not transplanting and should not be a big deal.

I forgot to comment on over crowded: In my experience, ferns do better when crowded. In my opinion, they also look better when crowded.


Thank you so much! I can see how it would look like a window though haha! Ok I'll leave it how it is and I'll keep my eye on it Smiling Thank you again for the help and advise! 😊
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