Tuesday, September 26, 2006

Healthy Fern

I bought this fern about three months ago, but I never blogged about it, because I always kill ferns, and I didn't want to doom this one by blogging about it. Well, it is still as healthy as the day I bought it, so I think it's safe to show it now. It sits next to the door where it receives indirect sunlight all day, but very little direct sun and very little wind. I water it nearly every day, and mist it lightly to ensure all of its fronds are well-saturated. (My Time-Life Fern Encyclopedia instructed me to do this.) It's grown quite a bit since I bought it, and I am wondering what to do with it when Winter hits. I guess I need to bring it in the house? I really want to keep it alive, because I love giant ferns, but I never want to pay the $30+ dollars they cost. I have always tried to grow ferns, but with no luck. In fact, I killed two plants this Spring in record time. Poor little things ... that's what they get for putting them on sale at Lowe's though. I guess I'll look around on the Internet for information on over-wintering ferns. I suspect this big-boy is going to end up in the house all winter, and that's not something I am looking forward to. The house is getting crowded enough as it is.

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Three Feet and Still Growing

Baxter is currently over three feet tall. Not too bad since he started from a teeny 10 inch baby plant. He's continuing to branch out, but the growing season is coming to a close. Well, I hope it is coming to a close at least. If he keeps growing, the tender new growth will get frozen and die once Winter hits. The other roses are doing great too, but Baxter is still the star performer.






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