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Apr 17, 2018 5:02 PM CST
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Hi, I am wondering what is happening to my fern! I want to help it. I got it months ago from a greenhouse near by and it was big and beautiful and now I feel like I'm slowly killing it! What can I do to save it?!

Thank you
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Apr 17, 2018 5:31 PM CST
Name: Daisy I
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Your fern is a Boston Fern and it looks like it needs more water.

- Keep the soil damp at all times
- Provide bright light (but no sun)
- Don't let it sit under or over A/C vents (they hate dry air)
- Put the pot on a humidity tray (a saucer full of pebbles or marbles that you can keep full of water - but don't let the fern sit in the water, but rather on top of the marbles/pebbles).

You can cut the dead leaves off. With proper care, the fern will completely fill the pot in less than a year.
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Apr 17, 2018 5:36 PM CST
Name: Will Creed
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You've let the soil get too dry. Boston and other Ferns do not tolerate dry soil at all, so much so that they are pretty hard to over water unless they are in super large pots.

From the photo, it appears that the remaining leaves are dry and have lost most of their healthy green color. If so, they will not recover. I suggest that you cut off all of the fronts about an inch above the soil. Then, give the soil a good soaking in the sink until the soil is completely saturated.

Move the plant to a north or east facing the window and you should see a nice recovery over the course of the next month. Always water as soon as the surface of the soil feels almost, but not quite dry. Always water thoroughly until some water trickles through the drain holes.
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Apr 18, 2018 4:03 AM CST
Name: Sally
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Not an easy plant for your location, with dry indoor air over winter.
Plant it and they will come.
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Apr 18, 2018 12:02 PM CST
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Thank you everyone! Yes, very dry in the house during winter! I'm glad it survived this far though! Spring is hopefully coming soon for me!
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