Western Sword fern pruning

Asked August 25, 2020, 10:20 PM EDT

Can I cut away the dead stalks at the base of my western sword fern now? Is yes, do I cut them off at the ground level? How and when is the best time to prune a fern?

Lane County Oregon

1 Response

Best time would be in the spring after danger of winter frost is over. The dead fronds protect new growing frond tips. In the spring when you see the new fronds starting you can cut back dead fronds to a point near the ground. However, while the fern is still producing new fronds (like now), you can remove some of the dead fronds if you wish to make things look a little cleaner.