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Madison, Alabama (formerly NC)
Mar 24, 2017 5:00 AM CST
A few days ago I foolishly and carelessly put my lovely staghorn fern out on the porch area for a few hours because the weather was so lovely. It has spent the winter inside to stay safe from the cold and spends the summer hanging out under a tree. The plant was sitting out in the sun for several hours - the sun apparently was deceptively hot and direct and the poor plant could not move away into the shady area. Now I discover the long leaves have brown discoloration - sunburn. My question is should I remove those leaves or just let them be? It would be nice if the damaged surfaces could heal and green up, but maybe that is not possible. Will the leaves just decline further and have to be cut off eventually? If so, is it best to cut off now? The plant is tough and will recover, but it looks a bit rough now.
Name: Hetty
Sunny Naples, Florida (Zone 10a)
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Mar 24, 2017 8:26 AM CST
Burned leaves will not heal. I would cut them off. Crying
Madison, Alabama (formerly NC)
Mar 25, 2017 7:16 AM CST
Dutchlady - thanks for your input. I am going to selectively remove the worst fronds and then later ones as new ones grow. Big lesson to me to BE CAREFUL.

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