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Re: Elkhorn fern

  • Subject: Re: [ferns] Elkhorn fern
  • From: Carl Strohmenger cstrohme@hsc.usf.edu
  • Date: Wed, 10 Sep 2003 17:04:10 -0400

It probably needs to be removed from the clay pot and mounted on a
plaque with new media (sphagnum, etc.) An open wire basket would also do
the job.
- Carl

Leslie Bursey wrote:
> 
> Hi, I am brand new to this list.  Have a question about an elkhorn fern
> I have had for well over 3 years.  It's potted in a 14" clay pot and has
> been for 2 years.  About two months ago it started losing every new
> frond and has thinned out considerably.  They get about 2-3" tall and
> then to wither and break right off in my hand.  I live in South Florida,
> the plant is on a covered, screened patio, and I water it two to four
> times a week depending on humidity and how much it's rained outside.
> The plant has grown to the edge of the pot and has grown over the side
> in one spot.  The foot (I call it rhyzome) is completely exposed on top
> of the pot, no soil over it like it had when I first put it in that pot.
> I am thinking I need to get it out of the pot and see what's going on
> inside there, and either pot up or divide it up.  Help, please.  Thank
> you.
> 
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