Fern food?

Discussion in 'Soils, Fertilizers and Composting' started by DaveT, Apr 25, 2006.

  1. DaveT

    DaveT Member

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    Is there such stuff? I transplanted some wild sword ferns under a large cedar tree. Is there a certain brand, mix or fertilizer that may help them out. I dug up alot of root, approx the same size as the the leaves stretched out and 10-12 inches deep. I filled the hole with ortho plat food, (1 tbls to 1 gal water), filled in around it and have kept them watered. I havent a clue what to do from here. Please help if you have any good suggestions.

    The land is being cleared for developement, I just tried to rescue a few. I would like to rescue a few more before the whole place is leveled.

    Thanks for any tips you may send my way.
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  2. Daniel Mosquin

    Daniel Mosquin Paragon of Plants UBC Botanical Garden Forums Administrator Forums Moderator 10 Years

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    Generally, we like to keep the replies on the forum so that everyone can learn. You should have email notification enabled by default, so if someone posts a reply, you will be informed by email that someone has addressed your question.
     
  3. silver_creek

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    Lots of water is the most important thing to get those ferns reestablished. Don't let them get dry this summer. Once they are growing well, 2-3 years away, they will be able to tolerate a little summer drought.
     
  4. Newt

    Newt Well-Known Member 10 Years

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    And no more synthetic plant food. Mix lots of compost in the planting bed and take as much of the native soil as you can. Water well and keep moist all this year.

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