Ferns forum: Relocating Ferns

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Name: aud/odd
Pennsylvania (Zone 6b)
Garden Ideas: Level 1
Sep 28, 2014 2:23 PM CST
When do you think is the best time to relocate your ferns?

Some say Spring and some say Fall.

I am going to relocate some Ostrich ferns. If anyone have this fern you know they grow like weeds so if they do not survive It will not be a big deal. I will have plenty more because they multiply so fast.
Name: Larry
Enterprise, Al. 36330 (Zone 8b)
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Sep 28, 2014 9:05 PM CST
I have not had much luck here getting them to grow. I bought several and only have one still barely hanging in there, it was called a Tennessee Ostrich fern I believe.
Name: Jason
Gold Bar, Washington (Zone 8b)
Apr 15, 2015 4:44 AM CST
here in seattle the western sword fern grows like a weed. for me I would transplant them in early spring. but that's just me.
Name: Greg
Lake Forest Park, Washington (Zone 8b)
Garden Ideas: Level 1
Oct 23, 2016 3:00 PM CST
riverman123 said:here in seattle the western sword fern grows like a weed. for me I would transplant them in early spring. but that's just me.

Is there a difference between the western sword fern and just regular sword fern? I want to plant some of the western types after I saw them growing big and healthy-looking at my wife's workplace.

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Name: Laurie b
Western Washington (Zone 7b)
Houseplants Region: Pacific Northwest Sedums Orchids
Oct 24, 2016 12:12 AM CST
Cinta, I dug around on line a bit. A few sites recommended spring for transplanting, but more often than that It sounds like this fern tolerates moving with ease.

Smiling My little plants are doing well, a little growth and I will send a pic. Thumbs up Thumbs up

Nov 29, 2016 9:54 AM CST
I don't know more about it.
Name: Bob
North Carolina (Zone 7b)
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Dragonflies Ponds
Mar 22, 2017 5:58 PM CST
I also thin and transplant in spring. I have thinned ferns in early summer and had no problems, but I made sure they stayed well watered. I had to move a couple in late fall years ago and had no problems, but they had gone dormant by then.
Texas (Zone 8a)
Mar 23, 2017 1:37 PM CST
Can't speak for your ferns but I can tell you about my experience with Southern Wood Ferns. Neighbors across the street from me have mostly ferns covering their front yard. Planted in the 40s. I have a standing invitation to take as many as I like.
It took me a few (or more) times to get the hang of it. Now, as soon as I see the little fiddleheads starting to pop up, I know that I'd better get ready to dig.
So I vote for Spring.

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