Container Gardening

Potted Plant Question

EllenStegman added on August 12, 2017 | Answered

My Japanese Bird Nest Fern was doing great, then it stopped growing new leaves and the center ( where the new leaves come from) is all brown and dry and there are also some translucent brown patches on a few leaves. I think it was a fertilizer problem and I am going to replant it in new soil and pot. My question is should I try to dig out all the dried brown stuff in the middle or leave it alone? thanks.

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Answered on August 14, 2017

The center of a birds nest fern is generally brown and dry. All plants go through a period of dormancy and will not produce new leaves for a period.
Your plant may just be resting. Do not dig out the center of your plant, this would kill your fern.
Avoid watering into the center of your plant and water dropping onto the leaves.
This can leave spotting on the plant and cause fungus issues.
This article will help refresh you on the care requirements.

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