The Q&A Archives: Australian tree fern

Question: I purchased a Monrovia Australian tree fern this spring. It grew beautifully outside all summer. I brought in into my basement with my other plants, including a banana tree. I do this every year. I have many grow lights down there. All my plants do so well over the winter every year. However the tree fern's leaves are wilting around the edges. There is still new growth shooting up. It is in a pot that is 23

Answer: It sounds as though you're doing everything right when you overwinter your plants. I suspect your Australian Tree Fern is exhibiting some symptoms of stress from having been moved from outdoors to in where light, temperature and humidity are slightly different. Your plant should adjust and you'll eventually be able to prune away the damaged ferns. In the meantime, continue to water deeply when the top inch or two of soil becomes dry. Best wishes with your tropical garden!

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