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snkillebre
Oct 12, 2014 4:32 PM CST
my ferns leaves are wilted not in direct sunlight
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porkpal
Oct 12, 2014 7:20 PM CST
Welcome to ATP! Could it be a watering issue?
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woofie
Oct 12, 2014 7:29 PM CST
This sounds like a question for @drdawg . But a little more information would be helpful.
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dyzzypyxxy
Oct 12, 2014 7:46 PM CST
Welcome to ATP, and hope we can help you out. A picture is always a big help, too.

They're epiphytes, so like to absorb water and nutrients from the air. Have you tried misting it with a spray bottle? In fall when the humidity drops they certainly can get a little droopy. I spray mine with the hose once in a while in the winter.

Where are you located, snkillebre?
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drdawg
Oct 12, 2014 8:19 PM CST
Yep, we will need more "growing conditions" information and how you take care of your plant(s) to help you out.
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orchidgal
Oct 13, 2014 7:50 PM CST
I would suggest you check the growing medium or container it's in. If the plant isn't in direct sunlight and it's getting sufficient moisture, there could be an ant problem. Take a good look, up close. Flood the plant with water and watch to see if ants appear. A good enough reason for me, anyway, to ignore some stagnorn fertilizing suggestions by putting banana peels in the container.
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drdawg
Oct 13, 2014 8:44 PM CST
Ants make a home in my large staghorns banana peels or not, and I have grown perhaps 100 or more stags over the last four decades. I now use banana peels regularly and there is no difference than when I didn't use them. They (sugar ants) just like to make a home in the ferns basal fronds. Bring on the Orthene powder.
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