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Name: Emerson A
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PlantsRFriends
Feb 9, 2021 8:37 AM CST
Hello, all!

I'm soon going to adopt and try to rehabilitate this poor, nearly unrecognizable hemionitis arifolia. Does anybody know what happened, and what can be done? Perhaps it got overwatered? Thank you very much in advance I tip my hat to you.
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Name: Dick Strever
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Strever
Feb 9, 2021 10:11 AM CST
Hemionitis arifolia is known to thrive in terrarium settings due to its love of moisture and high humidity.
Only growing to heights of 6-10 inches tall.
Hemionitis arifolia makes a wonderful centerpiece in any terrarium collection.
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Name: Emerson A
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PlantsRFriends
Feb 9, 2021 11:20 AM CST
Strever said:Hemionitis arifolia is known to thrive in terrarium settings due to its love of moisture and high humidity.
Only growing to heights of 6-10 inches tall.
Hemionitis arifolia makes a wonderful centerpiece in any terrarium collection.


Hm, in that case, when I get my hands on it I'll probably place it in a makeshift greenhouse to increase humidity, then later put it in a terrarium. Thank you!
Name: Lee-Roy
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Arico
Feb 9, 2021 2:44 PM CST
Lots of moisture - in the soil and air
Name: Daisy I
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DaisyI
Feb 11, 2021 12:07 PM CST
Yes, water it. Lots! Water and humidity and low light. The fertile leaves are a different shape, larger and taller, leaves maybe 4 inches long on stems 12 - 14 inches tall.
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Name: James
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deepsouth
Feb 11, 2021 12:38 PM CST
I agree what they said

to increase humidity

try this .... get a dish or saucer about twice the diameter as your pot ...and at least an inch deep

next - fill dish / saucer with acorn to quarter size river or beach pebbles

finally - fill dish / saucer with water to just below the top of the pebbles .....

now put Heart Fern pot on top of pebbles .....

monitor water level every few days

also -

mist plant every day or so ..... if the heater is turned-up, consider misting x2 or more times a day ..

Name: Emerson A
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PlantsRFriends
Feb 11, 2021 1:56 PM CST
deepsouth said: I agree what they said

to increase humidity

try this .... get a dish or saucer about twice the diameter as your pot ...and at least an inch deep

next - fill dish / saucer with acorn to quarter size river or beach pebbles

finally - fill dish / saucer with water to just below the top of the pebbles .....

now put Heart Fern pot on top of pebbles .....

monitor water level every few days

also -

mist plant every day or so ..... if the heater is turned-up, consider misting x2 or more times a day ..



I'm pretty sure that pebble tray "trick" is a myth. But I will cover it with plastic and do everything in my power to increase the humidity Smiling Thanks
Name: Daisy I
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DaisyI
Feb 11, 2021 4:20 PM CST
The pebble tray isn't a myth but in this case, unless the humidity can be 'captured,' it won't work. That's how high the humidity must be to make a Heart Fern happy. Your make-shift greenhouse was a good idea.
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