What are these growing at the base of my fern please??




 Hi all

please see the above pics of my fern, I am not sure of the variety but I believe it is Ostrich \ shuttlecock type.  There are lots of shoots at the base of the fern, some of which i have potted up seperately as pictured, i am just wondering if these will grow into ferns themselves? I would love it if they did as i would like another half dozen ferns for the garden.

Many thanks in advance if you can offer any advice!


  • ElusiveElusive Posts: 992

    Looks like some kind of weed to me. Definitely not a new fern I'm sorry :P

  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 24,231

    no. not ferns for sure

  • fidgetbonesfidgetbones Posts: 11,231

    look like some type of willowherb. Pull out as soon as poss.


    If you want more ferns, they grow from the spores which will be brown dots on the back of the fronds.

    It's not a mess, it's a nature reserve.
  • liggylauraliggylaura Posts: 32

    I think these are definitely weeds! You don't want 'em!  Fidgetbones tip on growing new ferns is good - I get new ferns that have self-seeded into some little pots I keep nearby my ferns - good prezzies to give mates! xx

  • Ahh amateur mistake on my part, i will throw the new plants/weeds straight out and repot the fern, removing the other plants from the base.

    thanks very much for the tips guys, love this forum, so helpful.image

  • Zoomer44Zoomer44 Posts: 2,930

    You don't need to repot the fern, just pull out the weeds. The flower bucket is a good size for your current plant. Let the fern mature and after a couple of years it will be ready for spliting.   

  • Hi Zoomer44, what's the best way to split a fern? I have used the back-to-back forks method for hardy perennials, and the spade straight through the middle for agapanthus, but how do you split a fern? I've got a lovely shuttlecock fern which is getting a bit big for its pot so it would be good to know the best way to do it.

  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 19,727

    Definitely looks like the horrible willow herb Davie....image

  • fidgetbonesfidgetbones Posts: 11,231

    Susan, if it only has one crown, then you need a bigger pot. If it has more than one crown, tip it out of the pot after it has died down and take a bread knife or saw to it to separate the crowns.

    It's not a mess, it's a nature reserve.
  • Zoomer44Zoomer44 Posts: 2,930

    Susan, I find ferns quite tough plants, shuttlecock has self seeded from a neighbours plants into my front garden, which I've potted up and moved to the back. I agree with fidgetbones...and using a knife or saw would cause left damage and be easier than using two forks to split the plant.   

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