Houseplants forum: Possible To Train Ferns?

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Name: Pat
Indianapolis, Indiana (Zone 6a)

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Pat72
Jun 5, 2013 8:48 AM CST
I have two Boston Ferns, and as you can see I hang them up close to the ceiling in the pic. When the sun is away, I place them on hooks more towards the main opening of my balcony. My question is that I'd like for the ferns to grow out, and more importantly downward; I'd rather they don't grow straight up. Is there any ideas for this? Thanks in advance!

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AlohaHoya
Jun 5, 2013 10:27 PM CST
Well, all I know for sure is that speaking harshly (even screaming) has no affect whatsoever. Been there. Done it.
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ShadyGreenThumb
Jun 5, 2013 10:52 PM CST
I think it's possible. I know if I don't turn my ferns, the back side ends up being all crooked, reaching for the light, sometimes even bare! Maybe set up a grow light at the bottom/on the floor for a few hours a day??
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Name: Pat
Indianapolis, Indiana (Zone 6a)

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Pat72
Jun 6, 2013 3:55 AM CST
AlohaHoya said:Well, all I know for sure is that speaking harshly (even screaming) has no affect whatsoever. Been there. Done it.


Darn...that was one of my considered options Hilarious!
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Name: Pat
Indianapolis, Indiana (Zone 6a)

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Pat72
Jun 6, 2013 3:56 AM CST
ShadyGreenThumb said:I think it's possible. I know if I don't turn my ferns, the back side ends up being all crooked, reaching for the light, sometimes even bare! Maybe set up a grow light at the bottom/on the floor for a few hours a day??


Worth a shot, I'll give that a try! Smiling
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Name: Pat
Indianapolis, Indiana (Zone 6a)

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Pat72
Jun 8, 2013 6:24 AM CST
May have found a way...by placing my ferns so close up to the ceiling as I have, it seems to have encouraged new growth from the sides. I have even noticed that growth from the top is starting to droop outward a bit. I'm going to keep this up and see if it is the answer! Hurray!
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