ordered this fern from burpee. came in mail, today, and looks dead. have it soaking in 4" pot. will it come back to life? it will be a houseplant. no camera.
Ostrich Fern is not suitable as a houseplant. You may want to choose a Boston Fern to enjoy indoors.
The crown and roots of a fern typically look as you describe! It's simply dormant and ready to plant.
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