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Help identifying fern-like plant

I think it could be a baby conifer tree. Those seem to have multiple bright green cotelydons and look sort of like that. I found a couple of pictures on the internet that didn't look exactly like the ...
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What plant is this? Is it a variety of fern?

I'd say this is definitely Bracken (Pteridium aquilinum). It's an invasive pest and is known to have allelopathic effects on some surrounding plants, which is how it so readily colonizes an area. ...
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Why is my Japanese painted fern struggling?

Firstly, the 50/50 peat moss perlite mix contains absolutely zero nutrients. That means the plant isn't getting the building blocks necessary to grow. Start fertilizing with your watering every other ...
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Scale on plant in office: how to treat?

Here is a quick answer Take it home Cut every leaf off Reduce water and wait for new growth to appear When scale appears use 5 ml dish soap to one litre water apply with rag or cloth three times at ...
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Identify this plant with curled, white leaves

Thanks to both stormy and Giacomo Catenazzi for pointing me in the right direction. After a little while looking at various species of ferns, I eventually found a match to my fern: Star cloak fern, ...
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Are bird's nest ferns deeply rooted?

Given that most of the fern's rootball appears to be sitting well above soil level, I'd attempt to dig it out. You don't want the lime tree, so if you destroy some of its roots in the process, it ...
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Why is my fern wilting and drying out?

It is likely that the roots of your plant have grown to occupy the entire volume of soil in the pot. There is no soil left to retain moisture. You can check this by popping the plant out of its pot. ...
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Is this the air-cleaning fern?

It would appear to be a variety of Nephrolepis, but I'm not sure its actually the Boston fern (Nephrolepis exaltata bostoniensis) - it looks rather more like Nephrolepis cordifolia, though it seems to ...
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Ferns have not survived winter, what might be the case?

I'll guess that the ferns have gone dormant for the winter, as many do, and that they will return when the weather warms up. This is normal, and nothing to worry about.
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Why is my Japanese painted fern struggling?

All good points from J. Musser. This plant is in a pot that appears to be too large. A good rule is to move one pot size up. So if there is more than a finger width of new soil between the old root ...
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Why are my tree ferns' leaves drying out and dying?

It's odd that the fronds are all dying back at once in mature tree ferns, so unless you've had extremely windy conditions that are unusual, or something drastic has changed in the environment, I ...
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Identify this plant with curled, white leaves

I think these are some kind of ferns, and they are probably not dead. Some ferns can "sleep" when they have no more water, and "bloom" again when they can drink again water.
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How much light does a scented oak fern need?

There is a misconception about ferns as houseplants, which is that they like very low light conditions. Unfortunately, most don't - in their natural habitat outdoors, they may grow in shadier spots, ...
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Scale on plant in office: how to treat?

If it's a decorative plant just use a systemic insecticide that is absorbed by the roots into the plant tissue. https://www.amazon.com/systemic-insecticide-scale/s?ie=UTF8&page=1&rh=i%3Aaps%...
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Why are my Boston fern and Spider plants losing leaves?

This answer pertains only to your spider plant, since I don't know much about ferns. It looks to me like your plant may have gotten burned by too much nitrogen: The tips seem to be what is affected, ...
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What is this epiphytic climbing fern with narrow leathery leaves, found in Thailand?

I believe that the species shown here are both of the genus Pyrrosia. Specific identification might be possible from the given photo but since frond division, a popular method for fern identification, ...
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Why are there small white organisms spreading to all of my indoor ferns leaves?

You've got some sort of insect infestation. These are common and hard to avoid with most plants. Squishing all the bugs by hand is generally the most effective method of control. By repeating this ...
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Why are there small white organisms spreading to all of my indoor ferns leaves?

I think it is male scale insects ; the females are round brown spots up to 1/4 inch diameter , I think I see some in your photo. If so, the females are the problem . Easiest to remove them with a ...
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What small pines and deciduous trees are suitable for terrarium culture?

Firstly, you will need a large terrarium for even dwarf trees, and secondly, even dwarf trees will outgrow a large terrarium given enough time. If your family members are bonsai experts, this shouldn'...
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Why is my Australian Tree Fern's leaves curling up at the ends and looking kind of burnt?

One more idea since learning this is an indoor plant, how long has this fern been in the same pot, same soil? Are you watering with tap water? Is your tap water softened? Is there white crust on top ...
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Why is my Australian Tree Fern's leaves curling up at the ends and looking kind of burnt?

I've checked where you are, and having watched CBN (or is it CNN) news last night, it seems you're having exceptionally hot weather at the moment. If your tree fern is exposed to any sun at all, ...
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Why are there small white organisms spreading to all of my indoor ferns leaves?

I'd always try manual removal first. Using a clean damp cloth, literally wipe the insects from the plant's leaves. If manual removal does not work or the infestation is too heavy, I use white oil to ...
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Pet Burial Plant Suggestions

This is kind of weird but I just lost a beloved dog 2 nights ago, Reacher. Part of the richness our animal family members add to our lives we pay for when they leave us. It is a trade I think is so ...
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Scale on plant in office: how to treat?

This solution is a little labor intensive but soapy water in a spray bottle (just a drop or few of soap mind you) applied regularly will suffocate most pests. it can take a few weeks at once or ...
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Scale on plant in office: how to treat?

what I do for scale bugs, is to dip a qtip in rubbing alcohol and rub them off... then apply neem oil when I cant see any living scale bug... it usually works pretty well for control, but they are ...
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Why are these ferns growing poorly?

They may be too dry, and the soil may be too fluffy & dry. Maybe try misting them also. Ferns often do better with more moisture & humidity than these seem to show. Also, maybe try carefully ...
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Why are my tree ferns' leaves drying out and dying?

Over the last two years many of our old tree ferns have died. We are in Australia, and the ferns were possibly over 100 years old - i.e. very tall. Young ferns have also died. It appears to move from ...
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How do I grow primitive plants in Water Gels?

Well this is new! To WANT to plant horsetail is something I thought I'd never hear uttered. If you plant horsetail DO IT IN A POT or an area that has metal down at least 1 1/2 feet into the ground. ...
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Why are there small white organisms spreading to all of my indoor ferns leaves?

There are too many to squish and their eggs are in the soil as well. These are white fly, I believe. This last picture were these squished? No matter, you need to wash this plant in the shower ...
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