My birds nest fern is creating double headed leaves. Is this normal or some sort of mutation and if it's not normal, is it bad and if so what causes it and how do I stop it? It already has three of these leaves.
The double leaf can be normal, but it can show up during stress, as well.
I see signs of, either, nutrient burn or overwatering in one of the newer leaves, though.
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My birds nest fern has brown spots and black edges and some leaves look like pieces have been torn out.
It could be either! They grow, similarly, to orchids. Too moist of a soil, and too much nutrients will be two of the most common causes of the plants' death.
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It still has green fronds and some brown edges, but it hasn't gotten any new growth for a long time. Is it dead? Can I stimulate it to get new leaves?
If this isn't fed throughout the year, then this is likely the issue. I recommend feeding with a half strength liquid orchid feed two or three times per year. Feeding at full strength is not ideal, so be sure to cut the recipe from the instructions in half when mixing into you water.
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My plant was very healthy until one day, nothing having changed, one leaf turned a very pale shade of green and limp. The new shoot is still in the opening position for almost a week now. Light and watering are the same. I re-potted it to a larger pot but, the plant seems to have stop growing and other leaves are fading in color and strength...I do not feel the re-potting is the issue. Thank you!
The repotting could be the issue if the container was more than one size up. The extra soil actually can cause root rot, a complication of overwatering.
When leaves start to yellow and limp, I immediately think of too much water. You don't mention fertilizer, it may need a fertilizer pick-me-up.
They both need re-potting , just wondering if combining is a good idea.
I would not. I would opt to keep them separate. The growing conditions can overlap, but they are not similar enough to keep them both happy. The Bird's Nest Fern will appreciate a drier, less humid environment than an orchid will. Planting them together, you would need to sacrifice the health of your fern to ensure that the orchid does not dry out.
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In the uploaded photo, is this bacterial blight that has happened on a birdnest fern, and can anything be done once infected? Thank you.
Clip off the damaged leaves at the base to prevent further spread. You can try a bacteriacide but there is doubt whether it will work. If the damage continues to spread you may need to destroy the plant to prevent infecting other plants if you have them.
Just purchased a Japanese Bird Nest plant in a 6" pot. I have an in house planter 10'wide 14' high. How do I transplant.
I'm a little concerned that planter might be too big to move it into just yet. Does the plant seem rootbound in the 6 inch pot or is it a nursery pot that you'd like in a nicer container? The rule of thumb is only go up one or two sizes when repotting because if there is a lot of excess soil in the container you can end up overwatering and killing the plant.
These are epiphytic plants which mean they usually grow on a host such as a tree or structure. So they need a very well draining soil mix such as peat moss, coarse sand, and perlite.
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