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    I used to have a nice little bromeliad crypthanthus earthstar bed on my balcony. I covered the pots and surrounding areas with larva stones and it looked quite nice,..for a few months before ferns appeared not only in the pots but also growing amongst the stones. I had to take out all the earthstars and pull up all the ferns.
    [img]http://home.**********.com/neilsingapore/earthstar%20bed.jpg[/img]
    The ferns I pulled up then were put into a container.
    [img]http://home.**********.com/neilsingapore/ferns.jpg[/img]
    The remaining ferns had to be thrown although it broke my heart to do so. Sometimes you have to be cruel to be kind (to my other plants). Now I need to find my cacti amongst all the ferns in my cacti bed!!!!
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    Same problem here in Florida. I brought home a couple of ferns from the Everglades a couple of years ago...my lawn man has been cursing me ever since. [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html312/non-cgi/emoticons/laugh.gif[/img]

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    That is a Nephrolepis (Boston Fern). Tough plant and difficult to get rid of.

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    That looks like a huge weed! I have a baby one growing in my VFT pot and I made the conditions for that fern so dry however the fern/weed never withered. How does the fern grow like that? That trait would definetly be excellent for carnivorous plants so we don't need to water them too often!
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    They are common in our green areas. I think they are native to these parts (although plants from the genus are referred to as Boston ferns). Their spores are all around us floating in the air!

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