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Where Can I Buy A Petticoat Lace Fern?

Donna Asked

Where can I buy a petticoat lace fern?

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Hello, Donna in Oklahoma: Nephrolepis exaltata ‘Petticoat’ is a tropical fern for those of us not gardening in USDA hardiness zones 9 and above. This fern can be grown outdoors during the warmer months but will not tolerate the cold winter temperatures, so it will have to be over-wintered indoors. As for locating one, you should check with your local garden centers to see if this is a fern they typically carry. If not, they may be able to special order one for you. This will all depend on the availability of their suppliers and potentially the quantity they would have to purchase. Sometimes smaller businesses can order in smaller quantities so you may have better luck trying them first. Mail ordering could be another option and Plant Delights Nursery is a reliable source for some more unique specimens. You can visit their Web site at www.plantdelights.com. This fern has interesting foliage and for those of us fern lovers it would be a nice addition to the garden. I hope you are successful in your search. If you are not familiar with the garden centers in your area you can contact your County Cooperative Extension Service and the horticulture agent, or Master Gardener volunteers should be able to give you local suggestions.

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