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Dividing Ferns; Holly Fern

Posted by arbo_retum z5 ,WinchstrMA (My Page) on
Tue, Aug 14, 07 at 14:45

I have had luck dividing maidenhair and japanese painted ferns any time during the growing season.Have you? I now want to divide japanese holly fern. new to me this past year, it has been very happy and has enlarged considerably. does this divide like the other types I mentioned and does it matter when I do it? I appreciate your experience

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RE: Dividing Ferns; Holly Fern

Mindy, are you sure you want to do this?
I grow Cyrtomium fortunei, the most hardy of all of Jap. holly ferns and had a hard time to get it established in my zone. To keep it alive was another challenge.
You are lucky to find a spot where it overwintered (do I read it correct?) for you, so I wouldn't touch it at all and most definitely not at this time of the year.
Are we talking about same fern?


yes, we are talking about the same fern. wow, yipeeee!!!!
something is happy with me that's difficult to grow? that's just a miracle!! anyway, when can i divide it? and have you had luck, as i have, dividing jap painted ferns and maidenhair ferns- in midsummer(july/aug)? i just divided one of my really happy maidenhairs and she didn't even skip a beat.


RE: Dividing Ferns; Holly Fern

I've moved painted ferns at different times of the year and in some cases they split apart on their own. All parts survived and prosper.
I don't have any maidenhair ferns growing now. Tried once, drowned it and never bought again. I should try it again.
Re: Cyrtomium. I've read somewhere that they are easy from seeds indoor. Maybe instead of dividing it you want to try it from seeds which holly ferns produce in abundance. Just a thought.


george, why did you say not to divide "especially not now"
if other ferns have been divided well throughout the season?
seeds are a no go for me unfortunately.

RE: Dividing Ferns; Holly Fern

I've been looking at mine and pondering whether to divide it or no. If I do decide I think I will do it in the spring.

RE: Dividing Ferns; Holly Fern

this site says e spring or fall, so here i go...!

Here is a link that might be useful: j. holly fern info

Report, After the Fact

This fern did survive fall division, but was clearly traumatized by it. Every other site i found this yr- says to divide in e. Spring, so I will follow them (and George's) advice next spring.

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