Ferns

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  1. Jewell

    Jewell Incorrigible Gardener Plants Contributor

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    For my birthday last year the kids got me a dozen houseplants. Was I happy? Shocked was more like it. I enjoy houseplants but our home is less than 800 square feet and .... well, plants grow and I felt like I had better be successful with this plethora of new plants. I am responsible for the purchase of only three, one of which is the great, great, great grandbaby of the one I got 15 years ago.

    Here are the ferns purchased by the kids.
    5A1355A2-5B19-4D90-973C-41FD97F7BFE9.jpeg This kangaroo paw fern has turned into a monster. I will probably divide it this spring and share it. Incredible grow for less than a year. Success

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    This is a heart leafed fern. It hold on barely, but am not sure if it will thrive. It and the next are questionable in my care.

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    This is an eyelash fern. It has died back twice with new growth later. Having a difficult time with this sensitive fern. Have it and the heart fern on humidity mat and grow light now. Jury is out on this one too.

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    Alligator fern is doing well. Love the leaf texture on this one.

    Now for some ferns I am responsible for getting. 8F48A512-CC91-4B5B-8F5A-D888C6D66553.jpeg Blue star fern is an easy fern to grow for me. I was able to divide this fern with the fuzzy feet.

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    This is a baby stag horn fern. The original plant got to big so I divided it giving away all the big pieces and saving a small start. If only they could all stay this size.

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    I have no idea what this is. It was an impulse buy. It was tiny and cute.

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    Here is my absolute favorite fern. I’ve had it for years dividing it and passing along parts of while repotting the other parts. It’s called a golden button fern. Tough little guy and really needs to be divided.

    If any Stewbies would like to try starts of the kangaroo paw or gold button ferns and live in the US PM me and I will gladly start some for you and mail the out later this spring. My little plastic bags of a few other plants are already sitting on windowsills waiting for roots to form. I really need to get better at tossing the cuttings in the garbage.
     
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  3. Cayuga Morning

    Cayuga Morning Strong Ash Plants Contributor

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    Jewell, I love all your incredible plants!!! Your plants look great, even the ones you say are not flourishing. You obviously have a very green thumb and a very tender heart for plants!

    I would say yes to a kangaroo paw, but the truth is, I am swamped by plants.

    Witness:.
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    Clivia are really my downfall. Witness::

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    This clivia is in our only functioning bathroom (we really have to get on with the rehab of the other bathroom). This clivia is huge, bigger than it looks in the photo. One guest in pre-covid days returned from the bathroom with the pronouncement that we had a monster in there!

    And if course my nursery of baby clivias. Anyone want one? When they get to adult size, the orange blooms are spectacular. IMG_20171116_100757.jpg

    Here is the nursery IMG_20210104_161800.jpg

    Let me know if anyone wants one. Unfortunately I can only send a little one & they do take quite a while to get to blooming size. But they are worth the wait IMO.
     

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    You have abso, abso, absolutely gorgeous plants. What a collection! You have to be one happy person.
    I am truly impressed, mate.
     
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    Jewell Incorrigible Gardener Plants Contributor

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    Those are all beautiful. You have an emerald thumb:heart::stew1::heart:. Never tried a clivia but I’d be game later this spring only if you are willing to take a tiny baby of something. I can’t let my plants get as big as yours so everything is kept minuscule. Love living small but I wouldn’t be able to move if my plants were a fraction of the size of your lovelies. :(
     
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    Very nice plants you have, Jewell. The fern collection is such an interesting one.
     
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    You have so many beautiful plants Jewell and you get free oxygen from them all too - bonus!! :smt023
     
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    Your clivia farm is legend. Will you be going pro?
     
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    Chuckle.

    Jewell, how do you provide moisture for your ferns in the winter time?
     
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    jewel, those ferns are lovely. I would love some but in the summer I tend to neglect the little greenhouse where I winter over plants and start seeds so... I tend to not keep too fragile of plants . you are doing a great job on those.

    Cayuga.. well done. I have a couple clivias in the greenhouse and they are pretty tough. mine aren't as well tended as yours.. I do neglect them in the Summer. spray them for mealy bugs every now and then. sheesh! nothing else has them, but the clivias seem to be magnents for the little buggers!
     
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    Jewell Incorrigible Gardener Plants Contributor

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    @Cayuga Morning @carolyn no extra moisture except for watering. We use almost exclusively wood heat so a natural amount of dryness in the house. The kangaroo paw fern is native to Australia I think and tough as nails. I’ve only had it a year and from the tiny plant it exploded. Might help that it’s in a clay pot with no holes. I drench it when I water is all it’s gotten.

    I’ve never tried propagation of this variety before so it should be interesting.
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    Same with the blue star fern, although it looks more delicate the ferns with feet can be pretty tough. I divided it right after I got it so it’s grown a reasonable amount. It’s little fuzzy feet are just beginning. DOL grows a couple of other rabbit foot ferns and sometimes let’s them die back and then resurrects them.
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    The golden button fern is invasive in the south so it does ok as a house plant also.
     
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    I do not know so very much about house plants, so this thread that you two are writing and showing on is quite interesting to me. Of course the texts are interesting and fun to read; however, the picks are something that I look at very closely and visually examine the plants and their habituses. All so interesting. Thanks folks for this thread.
     
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    Jewell, in the second photo of your most recent posting, what are we looking at? Are those roots?
     
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    Jewell Incorrigible Gardener Plants Contributor

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    @Cayuga Morning its their feet. :snicker: Rhizomes would be my best guess. Leaves are forming on them so will try cutting a long foot off and sticking it in potting soil in a clear plastic bag. It may initially need the extra humidity. Don’t know since I’ve never tried. :cool:
     
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    Alligator Fern for me, definitely.
     
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    I'll be interested in hearing Jewell.
     
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