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  • Answered by
    Heather on
    February 27, 2012
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    That sounds like it may be mealybugs or scale. They tend to move slowly, so they can look like spots on the plant. Try treating the plant with a a pesticide. I personally prefer neem oil, as it is effective and safe for people and pets.

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    Nikki on
    April 2, 2012
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    Nikki on
    February 25, 2014
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    Fertilizer should only be given to the plant 2-3 times a year (1-2 in ground). Even then, the fertilizer (a liquid organic type or balanced slow release) should only be applied at half strength and should only be given during the spring and summer months.

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  • Answered by
    Downtoearthdigs on
    July 18, 2015
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    If the lower older leaves are looking scraggly you can prune them away, it's normal for them to age.
    If the rest of the plant is suffering from brown edges you may want to read the links below to determine a cause or correct it's growing conditions.
    I would wait to trim the remaining leaves until the plant has time to recover.

    https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/houseplants/birds-nest-fern/birds-nest-fern-care.htm
    http://mrec.ifas.ufl.edu/foliage/folnotes/birdnest.htm

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  • Answered by
    Downtoearthdigs on
    August 26, 2015
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    I'm sorry your Birds Nest Fern was damaged. Sadly the top that was broken off will not root unless it would have a part of the center crown, or heart attached.
    The base of the plant should be able to recover with leaves still intact.
    If there are open wounds, treat with a fungicide.

    Here is a link to refresh you on care.

    https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/houseplants/birds-nest-fern/birds-nest-fern-care.htm

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  • Answered by
    tony8565@gmail.com on
    October 6, 2015
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    Thank you very much for taking the time to answer my question. Currently these ferns are being watered with misters, so the center is getting wet with spray as they would with rain, is this a problem and should I move them?

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  • Answered by
    Downtoearthdigs on
    October 5, 2015
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    Though it does appear something has been eating the leaves, it may also be watering issues.

    Bird's Nest Ferns will actually do better with a bit more dry soil. Make sure the water is not hitting the center of the fern directly.

    Treat the plant with Neem Oil, this should take care of the insects and is safe for people and pets.

    Here is a link to refresh you on the care requirements.
    https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/houseplants/birds-nest-fern/birds-nest-fern-care.htm
    https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/plant-problems/pests/pesticides/neem-oil-uses.htm

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  • Answered by
    Downtoearthdigs on
    January 4, 2016
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    Since the Bird's Nest Fern is a lowlight fern, it may well have suffered great stress from the light change.
    I would trim away any dead leaves, shelter the fern from the bright light and wait and see.

    Here is a link to refresh you on the care requirements.

    https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/houseplants/birds-nest-fern/birds-nest-fern-care.htm

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