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May 30, 2020 3:48 PM CST
Hello fellow gardening enthusiasts! I am brand new to the site and a relatively new gardener. I have fallen in love recently with Salvias and Ferns. I came here because I think I have a sick Holly Fern and wanted your advice before the problem gets any worse.

This fern recently developed some brown spots on her fronds, and I wanted to know what has caused it. Could this be a reaction to too much sun or something else? If it is too much sun, I want to transplant her as soon as possible. Attaching snaps for you. I hope someone can help identify the problem. Thanks!


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DaisyI
May 31, 2020 3:24 PM CST
Welcome!

Can you post a photo of the entire plant? Holly plants do sunburn if its hot and the soil isn't kept damp but, I can't tell if that's the problem because I can't see where on the plant the brown spots are.

Also, please let us know where the plant is located and what kind of sun exposure it gets.
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Jun 2, 2020 4:49 PM CST
Hello Daisyl and thank you!

I am in north Texas where it gets very hot about 5 months of the year. The fern is on the east side of my house facing directly east. There is a wooden fence between my house and the house next door. Currently, the sun does not touch the fern at all until about 11 a.m. except for a few slivers of light that get through the cracks between the fence boards. She continues to get some sun until about 2 p.m. The soil seems pretty well drained.

Here is another snap for you. (I sprayed her with 3 in 1 the other day just in case it was due to bugs, but I rather doubt this is caused by bugs. Just wanted to be on the safe side.)


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Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
Not all who wander are lost
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DaisyI
Jun 3, 2020 11:23 AM CST
I think its getting sunburned. The soil looks pretty dry but if it was lack of water, the whole plant would have brown spots.
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

President: Orchid Society of Northern Nevada
Webmaster: osnnv.org
Zone 8a
Birds Salvias Roses Foliage Fan Lover of wildlife (Black bear badge) Dragonflies
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OAP
Jun 3, 2020 7:45 PM CST
Yes, I noticed today that it went from 11 brown spots to 16. I just finished transplanting it. The mosquitoes ate me alive again! I guess it is time to start using the OFF! in the evenings. Thanks, Daisyl.
Fate gives all of us three teachers, three friends, three enemies, and three great loves in our lives. But these twelve are always disguised, and we never know which one is which until we've loved them, left them, or fought them.
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