Transplanted Small Fern With An Indoor Haircut - Winter 2021
It isn't happy looking. That's (I think) a combination of neglect and the stress of coming inside to deal with the dry, indoor air and what I'm guessing is some level of dormancy-induced decline due to Winter. All of the leaves are dry and a lot of the fronds are brittle. If you pinch them and slide up/down, you can peel off the leaves on about 1/3rd of the fronds.
I decided to do something drastic: give it a haircut. Instead of hunting and picking through all the dry fronds, I figured I'd give it a shot at growing new, healthy, indoor-sensitive fronds from the crown.
Here's what it looks like today - sitting on the screened porch after the haircut:
I have another plant out there that I did something similar - plucked it out of an outdoor container this Fall, transplanted it and gave it a haircut. That plant - more in an upcoming post - is doing really well and has bounced back in a big way after the repotting and haircut.
I'm hoping that after a little recovery time, this small-format fern will show me some new growth out of the crown and we'll have an indoor-adapted fern that will be happy out on the porch.