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Questions About Ferns

Asked by
Anonymous on
January 14, 2011

Q. Ferns

I have a house fern that is about 100 years old. My question is that the fern is turning brown and I’m wondering what I am not doing right. I think it needs to be repotted but thought it would be better to do this in the spring. Could you please tell me why it is turning brown?

Answered by
Heather on
January 15, 2011
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Normally, ferns this time of year are hurt by low humidity. Make sure that it is getting misted regularly and set it on a tray of pebbles filled with water. This will raise the humidity around the plant.

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Asked by
Anonymous on
January 26, 2011

Q. Scales

Is it true that scales can’t be killed and they say just throw away the houseplant? Then I read about cooking oil dish soap and alcohol all together will kill the scales. Please help. This is the neatest houseplant I have. It’s called ‘Emina’ fern.

Answered by
Nikki on
January 27, 2011
Certified Expert
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Scale can be dealt with no problem. You can use these ingredients together to try to get rid of them (though the alcohol may hurt the plant, so it is best to leave it out). Here is the proper mix: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/problems/pests/how-to-make-white-oil-for-an-insecticide.htm

You may also want to consider neem oil. It is very effective against scale and is harmless to people and pets. You can learn more here: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/plant-problems/pests/pesticides/neem-oil-uses.htm

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Anonymous on
April 10, 2011

Q. Old Fern Plants

I have had a box with three fern plants in my garage for three years. How long can these be stored?

Answered by
Heather on
April 22, 2011
Certified Expert
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It is not likely they survived 3 years. They normally can only stay dormant for about a year.

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Asked by
Anonymous on
May 22, 2011

Q. Fern Hanging Basket

My fern is dropping its leaves. Might be that I let it get too much sun–they look burned. I have had it in the shade for days now and it is getting worse. Could it be something else?

Answered by
Nikki on
May 23, 2011
Certified Expert
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It might have sun scald, which is like a sunburn for plants. There is not to much you can do for the damaged leaves. They will continue to turn brown. But keep it in the shade and watered as it should be and it should regrow the leaves.

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Asked by
Anonymous on
May 29, 2011

Q. Rust Disease

Do you recommend any particular product to treat the rust disease on my outside ferns?

Answered by
Nikki on
May 30, 2011
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Asked by
lynnscruffy on
June 27, 2011

Q. When Is It Ok to Transplant Ferns?

Transplant the fern plant or the fern bulb.

Answered by
Nikki on
June 27, 2011
Certified Expert
Asked by
Anonymous on
July 20, 2011

Q. My Fern

I am not certain what the exact name is of my fern, not a Boston, it has smaller leaves but sort of similar. I have no idea. Many have taken clumps out and had great success. I feel the remaining is very root bound. The water goes right through the pot and out the drainage hole. It’s alive, and ok but doesn’t seem to want to grow like it used to. What should I do?

Answered by
Susan75023 on
July 21, 2011
A.

Time to transplant to a larger pot. Use a good potting soil that is rather loose. Do not be tempted to buy cheap potting soil. YOu can either gently seperate the individual plants in the pot or just transplant as is. I generally just leave them because I tend to do damage to the roots if they do not seperate easily. It will still live but goes through an ugly stage where some of the top dies off (for me, anyway).

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