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Sep 7, 2020 10:46 AM CST
San Diego, north county inland (Zone 9b)
I have 2 ferns I bought recently.
1 is a basic boston. I just repotted, and his tips are dying. Maybe shock? I'm pretty sure this is his problem, I mixed a heavy organic (fox farm ocean harvest) with perlite, a bit of charcoal, and a snatch of coconut coir. Do you think a bit of Superthrive would help?

The other is this crazy Pteris argyraea- Silver Brake, and he's just not happy. His new frons are wilty and curing under. I checked his roots, he is not root bound. I know they like a tight pot, but I don't even see roots yet on him.

Both are in bright indirect east facing window, moist (not soggy soil) and I have a humidifier, and spray them in the am..... They hate me....
















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Sep 7, 2020 11:06 PM CST
New York
would appreciate if someone backed me up, but I've heard that spraying isn't actually that useful to increasing the humidity levels of a plant unless they're in a terrarium. First guess would be that even with your humidifier it just isn't quite enough. You could always get a hygrometer so you can tell exactly how much humidity they're getting. All in all, your ferns don't look that shabby, and they very well might just be adjusting. Could also try watering them with either distilled water or rain water if that's in your budget because they can be quite sensitive plants. My boston lives in an east facing window in my bathroom and is a happy clam. Sometimes a front starts to brown but new healthy fronds shoot up to replace it and that's just how plants are sometimes. Maybe in a week check and see if your plants are making any new growth.
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Sep 8, 2020 2:41 PM CST
San Diego, north county inland (Zone 9b)
anxiouscactusparent said:would appreciate if someone backed me up, but I've heard that spraying isn't actually that useful to increasing the humidity levels of a plant unless they're in a terrarium. First guess would be that even with your humidifier it just isn't quite enough. You could always get a hygrometer so you can tell exactly how much humidity they're getting. All in all, your ferns don't look that shabby, and they very well might just be adjusting. Could also try watering them with either distilled water or rain water if that's in your budget because they can be quite sensitive plants. My boston lives in an east facing window in my bathroom and is a happy clam. Sometimes a front starts to brown but new healthy fronds shoot up to replace it and that's just how plants are sometimes. Maybe in a week check and see if your plants are making any new growth.


Yes, I read yesterday during my research that maybe they don't like to be "sprayed" just a heavy humidifier. So today, they are re-positioned closer to the humidifier. Yep, using the distilled already on all my indoor plants. I'm fairly certain the Boston is just mad that I re-potted him. And I'm thinking the spraying might have not been good for the silver. I'll keep trying! Thank you for the feedback! Crossing Fingers!
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