Ferns forum: Is my Japanese Painted Fern Dead???

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Name: Jason
Gold Bar, Washington (Zone 8b)
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riverman123
Apr 13, 2015 9:58 PM CST
a few weeks ago we hired a plumber to do some work under the house. prior to the work he turned off the water at that main valve at the end of the driveway, about 10 feet from our beloved "hodge podge" area; our biggest shade garden. in order for him to turn off the valve he had to clear all kinds of muck and debris from around the valve. gravel mixed with mud, dead leaves, twigs, and what not... come to find out he tossed several handfuls of this crap over his shoulder directly into our shade garden! he probably didn't realize what he was doing and we didn't realize what had taken place it until a few days later. one of the globs of muck landed directly on our one and only painted fern! not to mention several hostas and bugbanes! crushed our fern into smithereens. we tried to remove as much of the muck as we could while still saving the delicate sprouts. but to no avail... it was hopeless. my question: if we leave our painted fern the way it is will it resprout- none the worse for wear? if not, will it sprout again next spring? or should we cut our losses and simply replace it with a new one?
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Name: woofie
NE WA (Zone 5a)
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woofie
Apr 14, 2015 3:55 PM CST
It seems like you have nothing to lose by leaving it alone (after gently cleaning the area as best you can, as it sounds you've done) and waiting to see if there is new growth. You don't mention what area you're in. None of my ferns have even broken ground yet here (assuming they have survived the winter!)
Confidence is that feeling you have right before you do something really stupid.
Name: Larry
Enterprise, Al. 36330 (Zone 8b)
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Seedfork
Apr 14, 2015 4:28 PM CST
riverman123
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I doubt seriously if your fern is dead, they are usually pretty resilient. I thought mine was dead a couple of times but some how it managed to bounce back each time. Good luck with it.
Name: Jason
Gold Bar, Washington (Zone 8b)
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riverman123
Apr 14, 2015 8:50 PM CST
Woffie - Im in the Seattle area. this past winter and this spring have been record setters for warmth here. everything has been kick started here- big time! the new fronds on our western sword ferns are 12 inches tall already, all our hostas have broken ground, and my Pink Champagne Clematis is darn near fully bloomed! not to mention the slugs. they've been kick started by the warmth as well... **sigh
Name: woofie
NE WA (Zone 5a)
Charter ATP Member Garden Procrastinator Greenhouse Dragonflies Plays in the sandbox I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database!
The WITWIT Badge I helped plan and beta test the plant database. Dog Lover Enjoys or suffers cold winters Container Gardener Seed Starter
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woofie
Apr 17, 2015 9:30 AM CST
It has been a strange winter, here too. And just this morning I see a couple of fronds breaking ground on my painted fern! Yea!
Wow, blooms already on your clematis? Mine have only recently started to leaf out.
Confidence is that feeling you have right before you do something really stupid.

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