Re: tarantula or cat's paw FERN

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Posted by Newt on May 20, 2003 at 15:16:30:

In Reply to: tarantula or cat's paw FERN posted by Gram Carol on May 17, 2003 at 17:26:18:

: Well, it was beautiful when I bought it, but. . . .
: the leaves (fronds?) die before they are full grown. Each one turns brown at the soil and "dies" upward untill the leaf falls off -- or I take it off. I've moved it to a cooler spot, over water it, underwater it and most of all mist its leaves at least twice a day. It keeps putting out budding leaves (cute) and the tarantula legs are growing, is there hope?

Hi Gram,

I have searched and searched and can't find any information with the names you've given. Do you have a botanical or Latin name?

It sounds like some kind of root rot or crown rot from your description. If the rot is too severe, there may be nothing you can do. Try unpotting the fern and take a look at the condition of the soil. You may need to repot in fresh soil and cut away any brown or rotten roots. If you've tried all those things and nothing is working but you have been misting all this time, stop misting. It may be a fern that doesn't like that much moisture. Water when the top inch of soil is dry. Just put your finger in to the first knuckle. If it's dry, water.

Newt

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