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Asked by
Anonymous on
June 27, 2011

Q. Aphids on Houseplants

Very suddenly have aphids on maidenhair ferns and African violets. How do I control without getting furniture wet? (oil spray or just soap and water, I think it is called soap spray?)

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Asked by
Anonymous on
April 15, 2014

Q. Maidenhair Ferns

I have a hard time growing maidenhair ferns. First I use to kill them, by fertilizing them. Then I heard that was not good for the maidenhair ferns. So I stopped fertilizing them, changed the soil, and still didn’t have much luck. They are alive, though. I no longer kill them, but they are not thick. I also read that acidic soil is not the best choice for them either, and my soil was 1/2 miracle soil, and 1/2 sphagnum peat moss – peat moss is acidic. So last February, I changed the soil again. Organic soil with 1/3 of sphagnum peat moss. I see new babies coming out, but still some others are dying. I’m known for having a green thumb. Can you please tell me what I’m doing wrong? Thank you.

Answered by
Nikki on
November 30, -0001
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This article will help with growing and caring for these ferns: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/foliage/maidenhair-fern/maidenhair-fern-care.htm

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Asked by
LLW on
August 17, 2014

Q. maidenhair fern

A couple of months ago I was given a maidenhair fern. Due to neglect, I believe I have a problem. The leaves have all turned brown. It was left in the wind one day and copped a flogging. It may have also been over watered, as I was doing it and so was my son. I have now moved it indoors into the lounge which gets the eastern morning sun. What can I do to restore it to health and how do I look after it from here?

Answered by
theficuswrangler on
August 17, 2014
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Yeah, if the leaves have all turned brown, you've got a problem. In my experience, maidenhair fern is a rather touchy plant to grow indoors, because it is very finicky, and responds to conditions beyond its liking by dying rather emphatically. If you left it outdoors, it may have got too much light, it probably went too dry - they HATE getting dry - then it may have got too wet. If you take it indoors where you won't forget it, give it medium light (light is good if there's enough for you to read comfortably,) and keep it moist but not soaked, it may regrow. You can cut off the brown fronds, they won't come back. Hate to say it, but probably the whole plant is a goner. If you're interested in houseplants, the plants in this article are great in the home also: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/houseplants/hpgen/best-office-plants-good-plants-for-the-office-environment.htm

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Asked by
trevornet on
August 25, 2016

Q. maidenhair ferns

Repotting maidenhair ferns (3, 4, 5, 6 years old) in a large container. Seems to be two distinct plants.

Q1) Do I split it and replant in smaller pots or just replant?
Q2) What potting mix do I use?
Q3) How often should I replant or repot?

Answered by
Alisma on
August 26, 2016
Certified Expert
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Yes, you can divide the plants to give them more growing space. Repot as needed, whenever the ferns outgrow their container. See this article for more:

https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/houseplants/hpgen/should-you-repot-your-plant-happy-root-bound-house-plants.htm

The best potting mix for maidenhair fern is one that contains a high proportion of peat moss mixed with organic matter.

https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/foliage/maidenhair-fern/maidenhair-fern-care.htm

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Asked by
JannzDesign on
September 10, 2016
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Q. Maidenhair fern zone tolerance

Can it survive in zone(s) 3/4?

Answered by
Downtoearthdigs on
September 11, 2016
Certified Expert
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There are several varieties of Maidenhair Ferns.

The American Maidenhair Fern, Five Finger Maidenhair Fern and Northern Maidenhair are hardy in zones 3-8.

https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/foliage/maidenhair-fern/maidenhair-fern-care.htm

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Asked by
Anonymous on
October 13, 2016

Q. care of maidenhair fern

I have tried several times to grow this plant indoors, and they all died. I read your info on their care, i.e. don’t let them dry out. When I see them in the garden centers, they look beautiful and are bone dry. I water them before they get dry, but let them drain through. They die. Why are they beautiful and bone dry in stores, but all sites say not to let them dry out?

Peggy Shreve

Answered by
Downtoearthdigs on
October 13, 2016
Certified Expert
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Many times those lush looking plants you see in the stores have just arrived from the growers, so they are quite happy.

Lack of humidity in the home is a big reason for difficulty in growing Maidenhair Ferns or any ferns.
Taking the ideal growing location and then trying to reproduce those growing conditions indoors can be a challenge but can be done.

Trays of pebbles and water can help with humidity and daily misting.

Maidenhair Ferns are often called "the Diva's of ferns' so you are not alone in having trouble growing this beautiful fern!

http://www.uvm.edu/pss/ppp/articles/fernsin.html

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Asked by
erolether on
November 22, 2016
London

Q. Maidenhair Fern

I purchased a maidenhair fern in March and it has grown beautifully and seemed very content until very recently, when it started to get brown leaves. The browning starts on the leaf edges, but some leaves have now completely dried out and died. Does anyone have any experiences of this and can they offer any advice?

Internet searches suggest it’s down to underwatering, but I have been watering it regularly. It does seem very thirsty but I can’t seem to halt the browning.

Thanks!

Answered by
Alisma on
November 22, 2016
Certified Expert
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Browning leaf tips in ferns can also be due to low humidity. Increasing the humidity in the room should help. There are some more possibilities, like excessive salts or fertilizers in the soil, that you could check into:

https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/plant-problems/environmental/what-causes-brown-edges-on-leaves-of-plant.htm

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