Get More Ferns for Free!

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The Pacific Northwest is known for its huge, lush ferns. The previous owner of our house planted several ferns in our shady backyard, and over time they had grown absolutely huge! I decided to spread the love around and divide some of those ferns so I could grow my woodland garden even more.
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This is one of the smaller ferns in the backyard. The big ones come up past my waist! I thought this would be the easiest one to tackle first.
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Start by trimming away the dead fronds. The bottom was particularly ragged, so I just chopped them all off. Ferns are pretty resilient, so they can handle aggressive pruning.
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Use a shovel to dig up the root ball, then cut down the center of the plant. You'll see that the roots are actually smaller clumps of roots, so try to cut between them.
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Here are the clumps I was referring to. They look like bunches of bananas! Separate out the bigger clumps for replanting.
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Each one of these bunches found a new home in the garden. Free plants!
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I left half of the fern root ball intact and planted it back into the same hole it came from. Now it looks like a much more manageable plant!

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