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A humidity, moisture and shade loving class of plants. Use this tag with questions about care, propagation and identification of ferns.

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Will ants cause a problem in a staghorn fern?

I have an old, large staghorn fern; the shield fronds cover a ball of about one foot diameter. Moved it to the shaded deck last month. Today when I injected water into the ball with a syringe ( ...
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How Winter-Hardy are Austral Gem Ferns and Kangaroo Paw Ferns?

I looked up online cold hardiness of austral gem ferns and kangaroo paw ferns but only got contradictory results. Some sources say they are cold-hardy in zone 10 and above, yet others say they cannot ...
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Potted Fern Appears to be Dying

Location: near Livermore, California. I don't have an ID on the struggling fern. When I got it, it was labeled, "red fern," but it's not a lady in red. It looks like it may be an Asplenium (...
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Do wood ferns produce tubers?

I have large areas of a ferns , locally the name is wood fern. In moist shady locations in zone 8 it is invasive . It had covered a paver patio which I am trying to reclaim . As I rake , I find many ...
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Platycerium Superbum rapidly spreading black spot in the shield

Had this fella for nearly a year. As for watering, I wait for the moss to "dry out" meaning it's not crunchy and dry, but not feeling wet. The little white insects I spray off with the hose ...
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Reviving my asparagus fern

My plant has lost a lot of body recently as well as changing colour I think it is on its way out! Is there any way to revive?
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Why are these ferns growing poorly?

I bought these three ferns at the same time. They came in 10cm pots so I planted them in 20-30cm pots. They are in a shady location with a limited amount of sunlight for some of the day. I water them ...
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Staghorn fern back turning black

I have not been overwatering my staghorn fern, I water them at the base about 60cc every week. I don't most my plants very often and they have been stable for a year until this happened. The only ...
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Why Did My Maidenhair Fern Die Overnight?

I'd a maidenhair fern for 3 months that was thriving, very lush, seemed healthy. One morning nearly all its leaves shriveled. Most were still green, but several shriveled leaves near the root had ...
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Is neutralizing peat moss necessary?

I have a rabbit's foot fern I will be repotting soon, and everything I read says to make a mixture of 2 parts peat moss, 1 part sand, 1 part perlite or 2 parts peat moss, 1 part loam, 1 part sand/...
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Boston Fern leaves turning black

I bought this from a nursery a few days ago, and noticed the leaves are turning black. Is this normal? Water: Last watered two days ago, top of soil feels damp but not dripping Light: It's on a ...
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Can scale reattach after being physically dislodged?

I have a large stag-horn fern . This spring after moving it out side ,I found it heavily infested with scale. I choose to scrape them off with my fingernails rather than use oil spray or wait for a ...
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Can you over-water a staghorn fern root-ball?

I have a large staghorn fern , the "root ball" is about 14" tall and about 12" in diameter. I bring it in in winter . I water it at about 2 week intervals by using a 60 ml syringe to put about 600 ml ...
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Which native North Eastern American ferns are suitable for a clay-rich location?

I'm in Montreal, Canada zone 5a-5b (USDA zone 4), and although I add lots of compost types as well as fresh wood mulch yearly, my soil will remain fairly rich in clay. Which ferns indigenous to the ...
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good plants for a marshy area?

I'm trying to add some plants to our backyard that can do well in healthy soil that does get very marshy several times during the summer. It's an area that receives some sun and some shade - probably ...
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Crispy wave fern leaf skeletal

I have had a crispy wave fern for a couple of months now and its overall health seems pretty good with the exception of one leaf that has a skeletal look, see the picture below. It seems to propagate ...
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ID this semi-invasive, large ferny plant?

Can anyone tell me what this plant is? I originally thought it was a "tree fern", but a friend explained to me that if it doesn't have a trunk, it's not a tree fern. I still believe it is some kind of ...
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Tree fern burned fronds, browning leaves? (Pictures)

I have bought a tree fern and have put it in a pot about a month ago. Since then it has been having black edges around the leaves and browning. It is spring and there are new shoots growing. I'm ...
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Recommended plants for a 10 cm diameter by 10 cm depth hole in a log

I have recently planted up a fernery in my garden and have put in a few old logs for character. A larger log/stump I chiseled in some holes to plant with something such as a small fern, an orchid ...
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LED light or Indirect Sunlight for Hawaiin Tree Fern?

How should I best grow a Hawaiin tree fern in my New York City apartment? I have LED lights that are currently helping my Thai and Genoa Basil plants grow. Should I also put the Hawaiin tree fern ...
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Please help identify this fern

I've been having real trouble identifying this fern. Anyone with good knowledge of ferns out there know what it is? I would very much like to know. Photographed in Yamaguchi, Japan.
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How should I eliminate spider mites on my big boston fern?

What would the best solution to get rid of spider mites on my big boston fern be? I discovered beneath all the healthy beautiful fronds that there were dead leaves and webs with lots of white dots ...
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Scale on plant in office: how to treat?

How do I treat "scale" on an office plant? I can take it into the bathroom or outside to spray it if necessary, but I cannot use anything that smells strongly or would off-gas. I'd like to avoid ...
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Pet Burial Plant Suggestions

Two nights ago I lost my beloved dog, Heidi. I buried her in my backyard, and plan to get a plaque to mark the location, and plant some flowers. It was suggested to me today that I plant a small plant ...
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Help identifying fern-like plant

This alien-looking plant sprouted very suddenly from a clump of moss, several months after the moss had been brought in from the outdoors. I've never seen anything like it. It doesn't have a grass-...
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Why are there small white organisms spreading to all of my indoor ferns leaves?

I bought this fern a few months ago and it has lived on the office desk at home ever since. The small white bugs are around 1mm in size and began on just one leaf about a month ago. I noticed several ...
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How to save a Fern which most leaves have dried out

I bought a small Fern (Nephrolepis Exaltata) back in January. Within 1-2 weeks all of the leaves, except for 4, became brown and eventually fell. I believe this happened due to lack of watering/...
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Identify this plant with curled, white leaves

I stumbled across this wild plant while hiking in central Texas in the Summer. The plant itself was only about a foot tall and had no flowers. I'm sure these leaves are no longer effective at ...
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How much light does a scented oak fern need?

Now I have been reading that ferns don't need a lot of light — so I got one. However, what I can't seem to find is just how much is meant by not a lot. I plan on keeping the fern in a room with ...
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Why are my Boston fern and Spider plants losing leaves?

My nephew is looking after these plants but recently they started losing leaves. He sprays them every day. Is it too much humidity? Any help would be most welcome.
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What is this fern-like plant with red stems and green, red or cream colored leaves?

I am trying to solve this mystery plant. Could anyone verify if it is a fern at the very least? The photo was taken at the UC Berkeley Botanical Garden in Berkeley, California two years ago. I have ...
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What fern is this?

The plant was purchased from the Government Plant Nursery in Bryant Park, Kodaikanal town, in Tamil Nadu, India about 1 to 2 years ago. Since the Tamil language is very different and the in-charge ...
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Is any of this a Fern?

A couple of months ago I planted some silver fern spores. For a while nothing happened, but now I have 2 different types of plants growing in my pot, and I'm not sure if I should be removing one of ...
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What is this epiphytic climbing fern with narrow leathery leaves, found in Thailand?

Can anybody identify this fern? I found it in the mountains of central Thailand. It is epiphytic mostly, but also grows on the ground. It has tough leathery leaves and is from an area that has a long ...
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What plant is this? Is it a variety of fern?

A few of this plant is growing in our front yard. Though the leaves look like fern they don't grow like a fern. You can the small ones that just sprouted in the background.
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How do I grow primitive plants in Water Gels?

I have fern and horsetail spores. I have some Water Gels too. Can I grow fern and horsetails in Water Gels in a dry climate (not too dry, kind of moderate weather)? Do I need a special fertilizer or ...
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Why is my fern wilting and drying out?

I have a fairly well established fern which recently started drying out regardless of frequent watering, to the point where there was nothing green left on it. I went away for a week and when I came ...
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Is this the air-cleaning fern?

I found numerous suggestions for plants that clean the air in this question. One of the plants mentioned is the boston fern. I have many ferns growing in our backyard, and managed to cultivate a few ...
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How can I save deer ferns after a drought?

I have several large deer ferns. Some started to drop significantly during an unusually high summer drought in the Pacific Northwestern USA. I watered immediately and they did not perk up. They are ...
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Why is one fernbush thriving and one not?

I bought two Chamaebatiaria millefolium (Fernbush) online. Live in zone 9. plants are in south facing backyard 6-10 hrs sun. I followed the instructions and water both semi-daily, planted in sandy ...
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Ferns have not survived winter, what might be the case?

We are renting a flat with a nice garden in Leeds UK. It has a nice garden in the back yard and when we moved in in July 2014 there were 4 healthy ferns pleasing my eye. Now, with winter having ...
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Are bird's nest ferns deeply rooted?

We have a nice good-size bird's nest fern in the garden, inherited from the previous occupants. The problem is that there is a lime tree growing in the middle of the fern, and both the lime tree and ...
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Why are my tree ferns' leaves drying out and dying?

I have several large tree ferns that are dying. The leaves are turning brown, not one at a time, all together, and then dying. It seems to be spreading to other ferns in my yard. They have been here ...
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Why is my Japanese painted fern struggling?

I bought a Japanese painted fern several weeks ago. It was on the store's "reduced price" shelf, so it wasn't in perfect shape, but I figured I could try to nurse it back to health. So far, though, ...
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What small pines and deciduous trees are suitable for terrarium culture?

I am building a terrarium for some ex-Oregon family members. I really want to capture Oregon with its moss, ferns, trees and of course pine trees. I don't know of really any small pine trees that ...
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Why is my Australian Tree Fern's leaves curling up at the ends and looking kind of burnt?

I have an Australian Tree Fern and its leaves are starting to turn 'crispy' at the tips. One branch looks like it's been burnt almost. Can anyone tell me why?
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When and how should I move deciduous ferns?

When is the best time to move a fern? It's a deciduous species, maybe a shuttlecock fern. Also can I divide the plant while I'm doing it?
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What can I do about this fern?

Bought a house this winter and I am not sure what this fern is, or how to stop it from taking over. It is growing in two areas, and in one month it went from a dozen or so small stalks to completely ...
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Can an evergreen fern be adapted for indoor use?

I was hoping to find a fern houseplant at the gardening store, but the next best thing I could find was a potted evergreen fern, Dryopteris Affinis Crispa. I would have thought it's small size and ...
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How do I save a dying fern?

I bought a fern at Walmart just a few weeks ago. It had been in the frost at least 3 times and they were going to pitch it out. I was wondering if anyone knows how to save a dying fern? It still has ...
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