Ostrich Ferns
I got some ferns years ago and I don't know if they are Lady Ferns or Ostrich Ferns. Anyway, they don't seem to last the who season long and they are in full shade. They have these spikes that come up the middle of the fern and the spikes eventually turn brown. How can I get my fern to last longer into the summer season before they start to stop growing and die away?
Submitted by crystalme33

Hi,

 

Thanks for writing. The brown stalks you're seeing are the fern's reproductive organs --- and happily, they don't really have any effect on the plants.

 

Most of the time in your area, the main reason ferns go brown prematurely is hot, dry conditions --- so be sure to keep the soil moist and your ferns should stay green longer. If you don't mulch the soil around them, a topdressing of 1-2 inches of compost in early spring can help a lot.

 

---Justin, Senior Garden Editor, BHG.com

Answered by CostaFarms