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Q.How To Maintain A Maidenhair Fern In Decatur, GA

Zone 30033 | Anonymous added on July 25, 2021 | Answered

I was given a heritage maiden hair fern from my sister-in-law in Panama City, Fla. It was given to her by my mother many years ago from Marianna, Fl. My grandmother from Thomasville, GA gave it to my Mother. I am thrilled to have it in my garden especially considering the age of the plant and the ancestral connection. I planted in in my garden in an area with filtered light. It slowly began dying so I moved it to a darker spot and have worked hard to keep the ground damp. It still looks poorly. Any advice?

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Answered on August 14, 2021

It would be worth doing a soil test to see if your soil is too acidic. You may want to add some limestone if that's the case. Also, make sure you're not overwatering the plant. If you drown the roots, it will behave the same as a water-starved plant at first, but will die from root rot.

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