Ferns forum→Lady fern not growing, how can I help it?

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NFrost
Jun 26, 2020 9:14 AM CST
I have a rather overzealous housemate who watered some of my plants into oblivion. I managed to save some of them, cut off all the dead leaves repotted etc and 2 of 3 seems to have recovered quite well. From the picture you can see my sword fern and lady fern that only had about 2 or 3 leaves left after I performed surgery. I repotted them both a few months ago and as you can see, the sword fern has recovered enormously but my lady fern doesn't seem to have made the same progress or much at all really. Is there anything else I can do to help it out?

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OAP
Jun 26, 2020 12:33 PM CST
Oooh, it does not look too bad! I think you should treat it as you normally would do and continue to give it time to recover and start to flourish again. She had a very serious illness that brought her to the brink of the abyss. She is going to need more time. Try to be patient. I know how you must feel. Ferns are not the easiest plants, and I have two that goofed up. One, I let get sunburned, and the other I let dry out too much for fear of overwatering.

Try not to worry. I am sure this will work out. Thumbs up
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NFrost
Jun 27, 2020 3:10 AM CST
Thanks! I was worried that maybe I'd taken off too much/too little of its roots when trying to remove all the waterlogged material or maybe it needed a bit more light than the sword fern? It doesn't have any scorched or crunchy leaves so I don't think it's getting too much

Turns out my North facing windows are actually too dark for my ferns! But they seem to quite like my South facing ones, so those windows are getting a bit overcrowded now!
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OAP
Jun 27, 2020 7:53 AM CST
I am sure she will be fine. In a way, after losing a lot of "body mass," she is almost starting over. Let us know how she looks at the end of the year. She is going to come back slowly. Good luck!

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ETA: You may want to think about putting up a nice light by your northern facing window. They love those florescent lights. I used to have a lot of African Violets way back in the '70s, and even though my huge, north facing picture window in the living room did get a lot of light, all of my houseplants preferred having a florescent light as well, especially the violets. Try it! You could at least double the available space, which means.....more plants!!
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NFrost
Jun 28, 2020 4:36 AM CST
Thanks for the advice and I'll look into getting a light too!

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