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sharkfur
Aug 16, 2015 5:52 AM CST
Hello everyone, I am trying to keep my maidens hair according to my best knowledge... I know it doesnt like direct sunlight, so it is in a semi-bright living room with no direct sunlight, I am trying to keep it well hydrated - when the soil is almost dry, I give it some water. And I placed a bowl of water next to it for humidity (Will also place a fish tank underneath it to raise the humidity levels a little. The leaves don't seem to happy, there are some shrivelled bits, and the top of some new stalks seem to be non-greenish as it should...

Please have a look, and tell me if you have an idea what I might do wrong.
-notes: the shape and design of the pot makes it impossible for me to have clay pearls under it.

Cheers!
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plantladylin
Aug 16, 2015 7:37 AM CST
Hi sharkfur,

Your Southern Maidenhair Fern (Adiantum capillus-veneris) looks very healthy but the brown, crinkly leaf edges may be from lack of enough humidity. You might want to try misting it daily, or even a couple of times a day to raise the humidity.

Hopefully someone more knowledgeable will be along soon and be able to offer suggestions and advice.
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sharkfur
Aug 16, 2015 7:42 AM CST
Thank you, I was hoping it would be humidity..maybe the fish tank I am about to install right underneath it will help, or I can - as you suggested- spray it.

plantladylin said:Hi sharkfur,

Your Southern Maidenhair Fern (Adiantum capillus-veneris) looks very healthy but the brown, crinkly leaf edges may be from lack of enough humidity. You might want to try misting it daily, or even a couple of times a day to raise the humidity.

Hopefully someone more knowledgeable will be along soon and be able to offer suggestions and advice.


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woofie
Aug 16, 2015 9:21 AM CST
How big is that pot and how long has it been in it? It looks a bit small for the size of the plant. Mine started getting quite unhappy when I left it in the same pot for several years, started losing a lot of foliage. It is now slowly recovering in a larger pot.
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sharkfur
Aug 16, 2015 1:44 PM CST
woofie said:How big is that pot and how long has it been in it? It looks a bit small for the size of the plant. Mine started getting quite unhappy when I left it in the same pot for several years, started losing a lot of foliage. It is now slowly recovering in a larger pot.


It is a tad bigger than the pot i brought it home in...

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