unruly sword fern

Asked April 2, 2019, 6:22 PM EDT

What can I do with a sword fern that has gotten too big? Dig and divide? What if I cut back all the swords; will it grow back?

Washington County Oregon sword ferns

1 Response

Thank you for your question. This plant does transplant easily. I suggest you ‘clean it up’ by removing all fronds that are partially or totally brown, and keep the green ones. You might be able to divide it, if you decide to transplant. But pruning it may solve the problem. Good luck!