Ferns, will they have a negative effect?

Discussion in 'Outdoor Growing' started by COD4, Apr 11, 2008.

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    COD4

    COD4 Well-Known Member

    So I started a 10 plant patch a couple days ago (black pearl and AK47).
    Now I'm concerned that the ferns will have some issue with the Ph like pine needles do. Do you think they will effect it? I planted right in the middle of a big ass fern patch...here's a pic of the types of ferns:

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    ALX420

    ALX420 Well-Known Member

    i think ferns take their space over. they kill anything around them. very very competitve. they have been around sience the begining of life on the planet. thats hundreds of millions of years. what needs to happen is Ganja x fern.
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    COD4

    COD4 Well-Known Member


    Well, I planted clones.

    I mean, the plants are not going to starve of light because they are already almost as tall as the ferns and I assume they have a better root system than a fern, right? I also watered them with root hormone.

    It doesn't really matter anyway because I'm not going back till Sep or Oct, just wondering if there will be a Ph problem. Do ferns make Ph issues like pine needles?
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    ALX420

    ALX420 Well-Known Member

    they probably do. im not sure of the exact defense system they use but i know that nothing, withstanding large trees, will grow in proximity to a fern.
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    humbo jumbo

    humbo jumbo Well-Known Member

    I grew my outdoor plants near ferns. Worked fine for me.

    Although they were a good 4-5 feet away from em. :hump:
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    4cyl5spd

    4cyl5spd Well-Known Member

    problem I see is that your grow area is the ferns' turf in which they are very well adapted to. moreso than a lone weed plant so I'd say the ferns would come out on top. but why don't you just cut them down? a machete is alot better adapted than any fern can be, and if you cut those ferns early enough, take em home and make yourself some fiddlehead soup!
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    kochab

    kochab New Member

    you also may want to look into the factor that ferns cannot grow in places that get full sun. That being said, thats probably not the best place in the area to plant. I'd look around for an area with a little bit more light penetrating through the canopy of the woods.
    just my opinion though.

    and the answer to your question is no the ferns will not fuck with our plants if you leave them there. Ferns are very sensitive plants and a small change in their ecosystem can kill them. in fact theyll probably die b4 u finish this grow because of you walking on them occasionally


    oh and 4cyl5spd....may i ask WTF is fiddlehead soup?
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    Skunk Baxter

    Skunk Baxter Well-Known Member

    Exactly. It's not that ferns make the area unsuitable for growing pot - it's more that the fact ferns are growing there means that the area already may be unsuitable for growing pot. They usually like wet, heavy soil and low, indirect light. Not the best conditions for growing marijuana.
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    Hank

    Hank Well-Known Member

    Yes what is fiddlehead soup? Im stumped.

    Hank.
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    4cyl5spd

    4cyl5spd Well-Known Member

    young ferns are called fiddleheads, and they are edible, and tasty I might add! fry em in butter to make a sidedish or make a soup out of it. not sure if this is so in other regions, but round here, they sell for lotta $$$ at the grocery stores

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    good source of Iron, vitaminC and potassium too!
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    COD4

    COD4 Well-Known Member

    Thanks for the replies.

    The plants are planted at the base of a hill. On the sunrise side, you have the hill, on sunset side you have 5-8' trees. In the middle are my plants. Basically there is an area in between the hill and the trees that gets good sunshine. The ferns are growing under the trees. The closer to the hill base you get the fewer ferns there are. I planted two of the pot plants on the actual side of the hill, so worst case scenario is all the pot plants die except two that were planted away from the ferns in full sun.
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    jimmyspaz

    jimmyspaz Well-Known Member

    Yeah , Fiddlehad soup!! A springtime treat!!! And I've grown in spots surrounded by ferns with no problems,too.
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    COD4

    COD4 Well-Known Member

    Cool because the spot I found is really nice. I'll let you all know how it goes around October ;o
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    jimmyspaz

    jimmyspaz Well-Known Member

    Often ferns grow in the kind of damp places that we want our patches..
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    natmoon

    natmoon Well-Known Member

    Dunno if its already been said but if you think there are competitive roots around your area then simply plant them in the ground inside of large grobags and cut away the fern tops nearest to your plant:blsmoke:
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    kochab

    kochab New Member

    hope everything goes well for ya mate but why not keep us updated with pictures or news along the way instead of october?
    now i feel all jiped for tryin to help ya cause your gonna run out on us till u need help again........naw im fucking with ya

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