Boston Fern Plants
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Our Boston Fern Is All Brown Roots and Hardly Any Green Fronds (12 Yrs Old)

celder added on March 5, 2011 | Answered

What do we do? How long do Boston ferns survive? Charlotte

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Heather
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Answered on March 7, 2011

It sounds like your fern is too root bound. While this plant does like to be root bound a little, it starts to produce those roots when it is root bound. I suspect that the loss of green leaves is tied to the fact that the plant is so root bound that it can't get enough water.

I would recommend repotting to a larger pot or significantly increasing water.

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