The Q&A Archives: problem with my christmas fern

Question: I have a christmas fern which has been doing very well for years. However, this spring the leaves are browning on many of the leaves. What is causing this?

Answer: Browning foliage can be a normal event (shedding oldest leaves), or it could indicate water stress, damage from late frost, or symptoms of dry air. However, ferns do produce spores on the undersides of the leaves and then the leaf can die so be sure to check the undersides of the leaves. If you find the browning unattractive, you can prune the affected fronds off the plant. New growth should appear from the center of the plant within a few weeks.

Best wishes with your garden!

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