Ferns forum→Sad Fern, please help!

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Massachusetts
dairyfreechocolate
Feb 11, 2021 10:06 AM CST
I bought this fern... I want to say 2 months ago. I didn't buy it from a nursery, so I don't know what kind of fern it is exactly, but I've been keeping it out of direct sunlight. It seemed happy at first.

About a month ago (soon after I bought the fern), I had to leave it in my apartment for three weeks, but it didn't seem to mind the lack of water. So I kept it on a lower water regiment. At this point I was keeping the fern directly under a LED "sunlight" lamp--I don't think it counts as a growlight (I just got it from home depot for a regular lamp), but when the leaves started to go brown/die I moved it away just in case.

I also started watering it more often, but its still slowly dying. The leaves get dry/crispy from the outside of the leaves/fronds (not sure the terminology) towards the base of the plant, even though I keep checking the soil and its still moist, so I don't know what's happening.

Any help is appreciated! I've wanter a fern forever and don't want my first one to die.

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Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
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DaisyI
Feb 11, 2021 12:21 PM CST
It looks like a Boston Fern. They need indirect light, HIGH humidity and to stay consistently damp. Put it on a pebble tray wider than the fern or move it to near a sink or shower. You can cut the dead fronds and frond parts out. When you water, does the water run straight through? Does the pot gain significant weight?

The LED sunlight bulb is a grow light, no matter what fixture you put it in.
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Massachusetts
dairyfreechocolate
Feb 11, 2021 1:31 PM CST
Thank you! I finally thought of pulling it out of the pot to properly check the dirt, and it was really dry, so I gave it a good soak today. It took a lot more water than I was expecting, so I've probably been underwatering the poor thing. Unfortunately, my bathroom has no windows and my kitchen is also pretty dark, but I'll give the pebble tray a try next time I go shopping.

The dirt absorbs the water and then it starts dripping out the bottom, so I don't think the soil is a problem. It gained weight when I watered it today, too, so the retention should be fine.

Yeah the question about the LEDs was mostly because they weren't advertised as grow lights.

Thanks again! Lets see how it looks in a week.
Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
Not all who wander are lost
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DaisyI
Feb 11, 2021 4:23 PM CST
I think the sunlight bulbs were designed for those of us who suffer in the darkness of winter. Sitting under a grow light or a sunlight while you work can be a real mood booster.
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
Massachusetts
dairyfreechocolate
Feb 20, 2021 11:18 AM CST
Update:

I've moved my fern to a new room and have started watering it much more often and it finally looks happy! I think I was underwatering it because the soil has some moss over it, and the moss always feels damp even when the soil was dry. Thanks for the help!

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