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Spring haircut for evergreen ferns

PianoplayerPianoplayer Posts: 624
Hi - I totally chickened out of doing this last year, and I am feeling cowardly again this year, mainly becuase the ferns really don't look too bad. But if you experts tell me it will improve them, I will summon the courage to do it - unless it is too late? I have various Polystichums and a Polypodium.



  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 86,913
    We did all ours this week.  Go on ... 

    Gardening in Central Norfolk on improved gritty moraine over chalk ... free-draining.

  • TheGreenManTheGreenMan Posts: 1,957
    I did mine last week.......
  • GardenerSuzeGardenerSuze Posts: 5,272
    I've done mine too!
    Looking forward to my new garden with clay soil here in South Notts.

    Gardening is so exciting I wet my plants. 
  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 54,353
    I've not grown evergreen ones for a long time, but I just took the manky stuff off in spring, which was usually a fair bit of it!
    Aspleniums [Harts' Tongue] were what I mainly had.
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

    I live in west central Scotland - not where that photo is...
  • I haven't done mine yet as I usually find myself disturbing ladybirds who haven't got their butts out of hibernation yet 😂 I go the whole hog and chop all of the existing growth off and they always come back 🙂
  • AthelasAthelas Posts: 910
    I do this for Polystichum polyblepharum every year (cutting off all old foliage) around this time — all the new growth comes out great by Easter
    Cambridgeshire, UK
  • bertrand-mabelbertrand-mabel Posts: 2,586
    We don't do ours as others have said that they can be harbouring overwintering insects and we are really concerned about the old foliage.
  • PianoplayerPianoplayer Posts: 624
    OK! I'll wait for the better weather at the weekend, and give them a tidy-up.
  • Papi JoPapi Jo Posts: 4,024
    I don't think there is any hurry. It's a matter of aesthetics, removing the old fronds makes the new ones more visible and enjoyable. You only have to be extra careful when removing the old ones not to harm the extra tender new ones, obviously.
    You are invited to a virtual visit of my garden (in English or in French).
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