Reviving Fern Plant

caracoop added on March 25, 2015 | Answered

How can I get my fern back to the beautiful thickness it was before the frost? It's been since 2013 when it was affected by frost, I've been trying but have failed. Please help me, my green thumb has faded.

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Answered on March 25, 2015

The good news is, it still has a lot of green, your green thumb hasn't exactly faded! I would suggest pruning your boston fern, at least the dead stuff anyways. Boston ferns responds well to severe pruning, which encourages more prolific, bushy growth and corrects dull, leggy growth.

For more information on pruning boston ferns, please visit this link:

I almost wonder, looking at this (and maybe it's the camera angle), if the pot the fern is in is big enough and that maybe it is rootbound? That would stunt fern growth. Do you see roots popping through the drainholes? Either way, maybe re-potting it in a bigger pot with new soil would give it just the kick it needs. And now is a great time to do so.

I would also double-check your care of the boston fern in terms of lighting, water and fertilizing via the following article:


For more information on growing ferns, please visit the following links:

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