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) –… 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… 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… 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… 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… 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… 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… Read More
Q: I have these small white specks on the back of my magnolia leaves. Can you tell me what they are and will they harm my magnolia?
A: At first I thought it might be some sort of tea scale but a closer look made me realize it was the pupa stage of some insect. I knew we probably needed to be… Read More
Q: I have a sago palm that is covered with insects. The fronds actually look as though they are covered with snow. What insect is this?
A: The insect may be a scale insect called the cycad aulacaspis scale, Aulacaspis yasumatsui. It apparently originated from Thailand but it is kept in check overseas by local parasitoids. Of course, here in the… Read More
A:Diagnosis of spots on leaves is often difficult but I was able to identify these pests easily once you sent them to my office. Believe it or not – they even survived the postal service… Read More