A: Several people have called me in the last two weeks asking about pruning various perennials, shrubs and trees. Many people, like you, have said the plants look poorly this time of year and they want to prune… Read More
Category: Florida-Friendly Landscaping
Q: My neighbor wants to cut down here tree because it is covered with a small fern. She seems to think this means the tree is dying. Will this fern kill the tree?
A: I am so glad you brought in a photo of the fern as this made it very easy for me to identify the fern as Resurrection fern, Pleopeltis polypodioides. This plant is native to Florida and found… Read More
By Ralph E. Mitchell I often wander through our Demonstration Garden at the East Port Environmental Campus on Harbor View Road in Port Charlotte to see what is blooming, producing fruit, or has a pest infestation. Our Natal… Read More
A: Giant leather fern, Acrostichum danaeifolium, can indeed be grown here as it is suitable for cold hardiness zones 8b through 12. Remember we, in Northeast Florida are 8b (west part of the county) – 9a (east part… Read More
A: According to North Carolina State University, it is in cold hardiness zone 9, so you might want to try it. Christmas fern, Polystichum acrostichoides, gets its common name from some parts of the plant remain green throughout… Read More
A: Bird’s-nest fern, Asplenium nidus, is a large epiphytic fern, with erect, simple, wavy, bright green leaves which can reach lengths of 4 feet. Asplenium nidus `Crispafolium’, the wavy Bird’s-nest fern, is similar to Bird’s-nest fern but fronds… Read More
Q: I have a very shaded lot and I have been adding ferns to my landscape. I know this is a silly question, but I want to know why they call my most recent purchase – autumn fern…. Read More
A: Thank you so much for sending me a photo, which helped me narrow the field. I believe your palm is actually an Australian fern tree, Sphaeropteris cooperi. It was introduced to the United States from Australia. The… Read More
Q: What is the name of this fern growing it all over my neighbor’s yard. It is very pretty and filly, but I noticed it has tiny thorns.
A: The plant you showed me is called Asparagus fern, Asparagus setaceus, but it is also known as Common Asparagus Fern. There are many varieties of asparagus fern and a few, such as Asparagus aethiopicus, are classified as type… Read More
A: We have several different ferns which behave themselves to much better than Boston fern but still have similar light (shady) requirements. Here are just a few: Royal fern, Osmunda regalis, can be found growing in cold hardiness… Read More