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Name: David
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gardengnome44
May 28, 2017 11:01 AM CST
Hello to everyone. I am a new recruit to the site and would like some help please. I have a "Dryopteris Affinis Crispa" hardy fern growing in a 10" plastic flowerpot which I stood in one of my borders about eighteen months ago and the inevitable has happened the fibrous roots have grown through the pot into the ground. My question is would it be okay to cut these roots from the bottom of the pot enabling me to put the fern into a bigger pot. The fern in question is at the stage of the croziers being virtually full height but the ends are still curled. Any help would be appreciated.
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plantmanager
May 28, 2017 11:07 AM CST
I've had that happen with other ferns. I did just cut it out of the ground and re-pot mine.
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Name: David
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gardengnome44
May 28, 2017 12:02 PM CST
Thank you for your quick reply Karen I will take the plunge and cut the excess roots off and repot. ~ David
Name: Karen
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plantmanager
May 28, 2017 12:03 PM CST
Good luck, David. I might have to look up that one. I love all types of ferns. I used to have them all over the house, but they were too messy for in the house.
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lovemyhouse
May 28, 2017 12:08 PM CST
Welcome, David. Smiling

Karen is a good information resource, and you will find a bunch more on the site. Thumbs up
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Leftwood
May 28, 2017 4:03 PM CST
The fern will survive either way, but I would wait until the fronds have completely unfurled and fully grown. Transplanting now will likely make the more delicate fronds grow in a disfigured fashion.
Name: David
UK
gardengnome44
May 29, 2017 1:22 PM CST
Thank you to all who answered my post I am very grateful for all your advice. ~ David

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