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Asked by Anonymous on October 26, 2011
Boston Fern Issue

I’ve been given a large fern that has been neglected, which means that the ends of the fronds are brown. Should I cut it all the way back to re-start all new growth?

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Nikki
Certified GKH Gardening Expert

It needs more humidity. Either mist it regularly or set it on a pebble tray with water in it to raise the humidity around it. You can cut out the brown fronds. For additional pruning, this article will help: http://www.gardeningknowhow.com/houseplants/boston-fern/trimming-boston-ferns.htm

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Asked by Anonymous on October 28, 2011
Overwintering Boston Ferns

I have 11 Boston Ferns that I hang outside during the summer; however, I do not have room in my house to keep them over the winter. I had read somewhere that people used to overwinter ferns under the house. Do you have any suggestions as I hate to allow all of these plants to die.

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Nikki
Certified GKH Gardening Expert

You can try putting the plants into dormancy. Place the plants in a cool area, such as a garage, basement or, if there is a crawlspace, under the house. The plants will appear to die back but still water them about once a month. When the weather warms up, take tham out, place them somewhere warm and resume regular watering. They should regrow quickly.

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Asked by cutcliffp on November 1, 2011
How Cold Tolerate Are Outdoor Boston Ferns and Mums

How cold tolerant are outdoor Boston ferns and mums?

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Cheyenne

I live in southern Ontario and have both Boston ferns and mums in my garden. Both have survivied several winters. In late Fall I remove all the growth from the ferns. I snip all the dead blooms from the mums.

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Asked by sharon english on January 20, 2012
What Makes Boston Ferns More Green When They Fade?

What makes Boston ferns more green when they fade?

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Nikki
Certified GKH Gardening Expert

If the plant is losing color, then it likely has a nutrient deficiency. This could be a lack of nitrogen, iron or even a micro nutrient as well. If it's lacking nitrogen, I would fertilize the plant with a complete, but nitrogen heavy fertilizer. Here is more information that could help: http://www.gardeningknowhow.com/plant-problems/environmental/leaf-chlorosis-and-iron.htm
http://www.gardeningknowhow.com/houseplants/boston-fern/boston-fern-fertilizer.htm

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Asked by bradusafboy26 on February 16, 2012
Boston Fern

I recently inherited a Boston fern and I think it might have been neglected a bit. The leaves look a little burnt from possibly a slight southern frost and not watered properly. Is it ok to cut it back rather short and start over? If so, will it grow back? What to do?

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Nikki
Certified GKH Gardening Expert

Yes, the plant can be cut back and will regrow just fine. This article will help: http://www.gardeningknowhow.com/houseplants/boston-fern/trimming-boston-ferns.htm

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Asked by dawniey5 on March 2, 2012
Boston Ferns

I recently had to be gone for a while and the person caring for my plants didn’t water them enough. I have several brown/dead leaves on my fern. Do I pluck them off? Or allow them to fall of naturally? It is a rather large fern, and does not seem to be happy in its current placement, so I am also moving it. But I am moving it to a corner near a window, so how often should the plant be turned to allow it to get adequate light all the way around?

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Heather
Certified GKH Gardening Expert

You can trim them off just below where the brown area is, if you want. But if it is more visually appealing for you to remove the whole frond, you can do that too.

Glad to help. Happy gardening!

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Heather
Certified GKH Gardening Expert

You can go ahead and trim off any brown leaves. They are dead and do not help the plant.

As far as light, you should get into the habit of giving the plant a quarter turn every time you check to see if it needs to be watered. This will ensure that the plant gets even amounts of light over time.

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dawniey5

Thanks! It looks better already :)

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dawniey5

Heather,
I will take off the brown dead leaves...but should i cut them off at the base of the plant? thanks :) I found your answer very helpful!

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Asked by hogwon on March 22, 2012
Why Are My Leaves on My Boston Fern Turning Brown

Why are the leaves on my Boston fern turning brown?

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Nikki
Certified GKH Gardening Expert

It could be a watering or fertilizing issue, or in need of more humidity. Either mist it regularly or set it on a pebble tray with water in it to raise the humidity around it. You can cut the brown fronds off. For additional information, these articles will help: http://www.gardeningknowhow.com/houseplants/boston-fern/trimming-boston-ferns.htm
http://www.gardeningknowhow.com/houseplants/boston-fern/boston-fern-care.htm
http://www.gardeningknowhow.com/houseplants/boston-fern/boston-fern-fertilizer.htm

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