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Foxtail Fern gets a hew home!


My prized Foxtail Fern got up-potted today and I could not believe how root-bound it was in its’ old container! Here is a photo of the big guy in his new house, with his former “efficiency apartment” in the foreground:

My baby received the absolute best “bare rooting” transplant that I have ever done. Careful attention was paid to untangling the circling root system of the plant while it was submerged in a 5 gallon bucket of mild compost tea. Some of the larger circling roots were over a foot long!

The new potting soil mix was a mix of the plant’s own soil, earthworm castings, green-sand, lava-sand, organic potting soil, expanded shale, zeolite, and native compost from my compost pile.

The big guy was then watered with a mild mix of compost tea, liquid sea-weed, molasses, liquefied fish, and apple cider vinager.

This should be ONE HAPPY CAMPER in the next few weeks! {grin}
I’ll post follow-up photos of my baby as he gets used to his new house.

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I like blue and terracotta pots too n2. That's one spoilt baby. Indoors or outdoor? When you have a big plant in a pot (see my Crinum) which started out 7 years ago from a tiny slip of plant material you get very concerned with their welfare and wellbeing. Good luck with the repotting. I should think your foxtail fern is heaving a sigh of relief to be released from it's prison!!!

13 Sep, 2010


Doriac, the Foxtail grows in the shade on my patio, but gets bright indirect sunlight. So far the leaves look great with no evidence of transplant shock or any kind of stress. That is the beauty of doing a "bare root" transplanting. The key is "root hydration" during the process.

14 Sep, 2010

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