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Mar 12, 2015 8:18 AM CST
Name: Suga
Coastal South Carolina (Zone 8b)
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A piece of this fern was given to me 40 years ago, and I have shared it many times. Good thing because at one point I lost mine. I don't ever see this fern in any stores or nurseries anywhere, but maybe I am just looking in the wrong spot. I thought I would share this beauty with you all. It fans out at the ends like a turkey tail!
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Mar 12, 2015 9:32 AM CST
Name: Sandi
Austin, Tx (Zone 8b)
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Lovely fern! Thanks for sharing! Have you added it to the data base?
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Mar 12, 2015 12:45 PM CST
Name: woofie
NE WA (Zone 5a)
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I agree! That is a lovely fern! Heh, but if it grows in your area, I'm probably out of luck.
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Mar 12, 2015 1:17 PM CST
Name: Larry
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I see that it is listed as an evergreen, does it stay just a little green or does all its foliage stay green all year long?
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Mar 12, 2015 6:33 PM CST
Name: Lin Vosbury
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Wow, great growing Suga ... that really is a beautiful fern! Petticoat Fern (Nephrolepis exaltata 'Petticoat' wasn't listed in the database so I've submitted a proposal for the entry and your photo can be moved over once it's been approved.
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Mar 19, 2015 12:23 PM CST
Name: Suga
Coastal South Carolina (Zone 8b)
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Thank everyone I didn't write that it was an ever green, that's what the database said, and yes I did add it. For me, if I leave it outside it will die back, but as long as I cover it up good with pine straw it will come back. But I always dig up several good size pieces, that stay green all winter inside, just to make sure I don't loose it......just in case. Thank You!
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Dec 7, 2015 2:37 PM CST

I would like to buy a couple of the Petticoat Ferns for my wife for Christmas. Any idea where they can be procured??

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Dec 26, 2015 10:40 AM CST
Name: Kathy
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Dec 27, 2015 7:19 PM CST
Name: Suga
Coastal South Carolina (Zone 8b)
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It really is a beautiful Fern !! Thumbs up
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Dec 28, 2015 10:35 AM CST
Name: woofie
NE WA (Zone 5a)
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They do appear to be hard to find. I did quite a bit of looking in an attempt to help Dahinat, but I could not find a source. Has anyone else had any luck?
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Mar 25, 2016 10:27 AM CST

I live in Bishopville sc. I get them at the farmers market in Florence. Check with a local nursery, they might be able to order the plugs for you to begin your own.
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Jun 5, 2016 2:28 AM CST

Hey does anyone know how to get one of these ferns they are my favorites I cannot find one and I really want one I live in CO so they are not easily found you can message me iceeaussies@gmail.com
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Jun 5, 2016 11:52 AM CST
Name: woofie
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@iceewisdom It's not a good idea to post your email address on a public forum. Anyone with information can Tree-Mail you privately here. You might want to edit out that email address.
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Jul 7, 2017 8:07 PM CST

Suga said:

A piece of this fern was given to me 40 years ago, and I have shared it many times. Good thing because at one point I lost mine. I don't ever see this fern in any stores or nurseries anywhere, but maybe I am just looking in the wrong spot. I thought I would share this beauty with you all. It fans out at the ends like a turkey tail!
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Jul 7, 2017 8:19 PM CST

I need to order a Petticoat Fern- Turkey Tail. Please help me find them.
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Aug 12, 2017 9:45 AM CST

[quote="Suga"]
Two different pieces of this fern was sent to me by Suga this year for myself and my 92 year old mother who had previously owned a Petticoat fern but lost it. We had looked for several years to find another fern but could not find one. I received the ferns and they are absolutely beautiful. They are putting out new growth constantly. Healthy and green. Thanks to Suga we are enjoying the ferns we thought we would never enjoy again. Thanks again Suga
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Sep 27, 2017 10:26 AM CST

Susan48 said:[quote="Suga"]
Two different pieces of this fern was sent to me by Suga this year for myself and my 92 year old mother who had previously owned a Petticoat fern but lost it. We had looked for several years to find another fern but could not find one. I received the ferns and they are absolutely beautiful. They are putting out new growth constantly. Healthy and green. Thanks to Suga we are enjoying the ferns we thought we would never enjoy again. Thanks again Suga


I was able to get a cutting for the turkey tail (petticoat) fern a couple of years ago. It has grown this year, but not to the extent yours seems to be growing. Do you have a secret for your success?
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Oct 30, 2017 3:43 PM CST
Name: Angie Schnell
Louisville KY (Zone 8a)
Can you possibly sell me a start suga? I had to leave mine with a friend when service members husband and family had to move. Nursery I got it at closed and I have been searching 20+ years. These are listed as rare. I am reaching out to suga again to possibly purchase a piece of your fern if you have the time. I somehow couldn't get back in touch with you last time to complete the purchase. Love to try again! TY Suga
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Dec 21, 2017 9:29 PM CST
Name: Susan
Grandrivers, ky
What are you doing to make it look so good? I have 4 . they are slow growing and fragile.
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Dec 30, 2017 3:06 PM CST
Name: Suga
Coastal South Carolina (Zone 8b)
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I use miracle grow for one and also osmocoat (I may have spelled that wrong lol) but one thing my ferns respond well to is Epsom salt. I usually just sprinkle it on them then water it in. Also as far as a planting medium I add about three bags of the special orchid bark blend generally to one large ( 2 cubic foot) bag of a good potting mix. This keeps the ferns well drained and happy. Here in SC during the summer I let them hang out under the trees and they do really well for me. I hope this helps

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