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Name: Deb
Buffalo, Minnesota (Zone 4b)
Region: Minnesota Birds Cactus and Succulents Hostas Hummingbirder
dmurray407
Mar 21, 2016 10:28 AM CST
I want to repot my Bird's Nest Fern. There are about 2 1/2 inches between the top of the soil and the leaves. My question is, can I pot it down so that the soil level is higher (closer to the leaves). I know you can do this with some plants (like African Violets) but how about my fern?
Thanks!
Deb
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Deb
Name: Daisy
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
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DaisyI
Mar 21, 2016 10:56 AM CST
No, 'fraid not. Bird's Nest Fern grow a trunk with age. Everytime you trim off dead leaves, the trunk will get taller. Smiling
Name: Deb
Buffalo, Minnesota (Zone 4b)
Region: Minnesota Birds Cactus and Succulents Hostas Hummingbirder
dmurray407
Mar 21, 2016 10:57 AM CST
Thank you-I was afraid of that.......
Deb
Name: Gita Veskimets
Baltimore or Nottingham MD-212 (Zone 7a)
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gitagal
Mar 21, 2016 11:04 AM CST
Just wanted to add that--putting extra soil on top of a potted plant is a slow death sentence.

If you are re-potting a plant--put the extra soil on the bottom to compensate fot a deeper pot.
The top level as it was has to stay that way. A slight top-dressing of maybe 1/2" is OK.

Gita
Name: Deb
Buffalo, Minnesota (Zone 4b)
Region: Minnesota Birds Cactus and Succulents Hostas Hummingbirder
dmurray407
Mar 25, 2016 6:40 PM CST
Thanks, Gita!
Deb

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