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sdnee
May 2, 2020 3:57 PM CST
Hello community,

Please help in answering why my Button Fern has wilting leaves!

Background information:
I have had this fern (I believe it is a Button Fern, please correct me if I am wrong) for 3 months. I recently repotted Fern from a very small pot to this bigger one. Fern seems to like the bigger space: no dead leaves and new blooms. However, Fern has wilting leaves on a few of the taller stems.

I try to only water Fern when it's soil is dryer but not parched (using the finger-in-the-soil method to test), and I spritz the leaves every other day. Fern receives indirect and diffused light daily. I also noticed the wilting prior to repotting.

Help and wisdom is greatly appreciated! Thank you.




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Name: Daisy I
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DaisyI
May 2, 2020 5:41 PM CST
Welcome!

Right after you water, does it perk up a bit?
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sdnee
May 2, 2020 6:51 PM CST
DaisyI said: Welcome!

Right after you water, does it perk up a bit?


Thank you for the welcome, Daisyl!

Yes it did perk up when I used to water it heavily. But I heard it's easy to over-water so I've been hesitant to soak the soil too much. Confused
Name: Daisy I
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DaisyI
May 2, 2020 6:54 PM CST
Water it the way you did when it was happy. The plant is a better judge of water needs then the internet.

Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and proclaiming...."WOW What a Ride!!" -Mark Frost

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Webmaster: osnnv.org
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sdnee
May 2, 2020 6:57 PM CST
DaisyI said:Water it the way you did when it was happy. The plant is a better judge of water needs then the internet.



I will absolutely take your advice. Thank you very much! Smiling
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WillC
May 3, 2020 10:06 AM CST
Your Fern may be reacting to either underwatering or to damage done to the roots during repotting. If it does perk up after watering and stays that way, then that should solve the problem as long as you don't let it get that dry again.

If the fronds continue to deteriorate even when the soil stays moist, then that means that there is some root damage, a common problem during repotting.
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sdnee
May 3, 2020 11:11 AM CST
WillC said:Your Fern may be reacting to either underwatering or to damage done to the roots during repotting. If it does perk up after watering and stays that way, then that should solve the problem as long as you don't let it get that dry again.

If the fronds continue to deteriorate even when the soil stays moist, then that means that there is some root damage, a common problem during repotting.


Thanks for the advice Will! I shall keep an eye on Fern.
Name: Daisy I
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DaisyI
May 3, 2020 11:24 AM CST
There have been a few times when I 'lost' my button fern and it didn't get watered for weeks. It has never died but is a lot happier damp then dry. Smiling
Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and proclaiming...."WOW What a Ride!!" -Mark Frost

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