Sunday, September 6, 2015

Ostrich Fern Reverting to Baby Mode

Ok 'baby mode' may not be the technical term, but it looks like my ostrich fern (Matteuccia struthiopteris) is putting out little tiny fronds. Either this is a reflection of the size of the fronds that the new root system is able to support, or maybe the fern only puts out large fronds once a year and doesn't have enough juice in the tank for larger ones.

tiny ostrich fern frond
Tiny ostrich fern frond growing away from the main root crown

Now the tiny baby fronds aren't just coming out of the head/crown of the fern root system, but they're popping up a little ways away. Probably growing from roots further out. I think it's a good sign, but is it enough growth to last through the coming Fall and Winter?

ostrich fern baby mode transplant
This massive fern looks like it reverted to a juvenile form after being transplanted

new fern sprout
Update 9/10/2015: New fern growth is opening up even more, nice!

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