The Q&A Archives: Wilting Leaves On Ferns

Question: I would like to know more about Boston Ferns. For example, when part of the leaves turn brown do you clip off the brown part or the whole frond or what?

Answer: If the tips of your Boston fern is turning brown, it indicates dry air. Try misting the plant every few days to increase humidity and prevent browning tips.

Boston ferns (Nephrolepis exaltata bostoniensis) thrive in average household temperatures, bright light, and moist potting soil. Moist air is necessary for lush growth, so mist every few days. You can cut off just the brown part on the tips of the fronds, or you can cut the entire frond back. New fronds develop in the center of the plant. Old fronds eventually lose their leaves and should be cut back to keep the fern looking neat and tidy.

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