Ferns forum: Autumn fern as houseplant?

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Ohio (Zone 5b)
Mar 25, 2016 9:47 AM CST
Hi all,

I have two small ferns in 4" pots that I picked up at the grocery store on a whim. One is a silver lace and the other is an autumn (my closest guess). Just watered them before the pics.

The silver lace is super happy, grows like crazy and looks really nice inside. The autumn is kind of picky, and if it gets even a little dry, leaves shrivel. I swear its a small boston fern in disguise.

I would like to move the autumn outdoors, and plant it in the ground because I don't think it belongs in a pot. Looking for input on whether you've had a fern as houseplant, transplanted to the ground, and it made it over a cold winter (probably lowest temps would be 0 degrees). Or, has anyone kept the autumn indoors? Maybe I just need to move it to a bigger pot and not try to move it outdoors if it's going to die over the next winter. I'm all ears!

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Name: Sandi
Austin, Tx (Zone 8b)
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Mar 27, 2016 12:18 PM CST
It looks like it would be happy in a bigger pot. You could leave it outdoors until it gets cold there. I have a large one in a pot. I keep it in a pot under a tree. In winter, I move it into a small greenhouse. As soon as it gets warm, it goes out and starts shooting up new fronds.
Ohio (Zone 5b)
Mar 27, 2016 8:44 PM CST
Thank you! I figured I would change to a larger pot. Well once it's outside, I leave it outside so I'll try the change first then decide. I'm still planning the garden this year!. Thumbs up

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