Staghorn ferns (Platycerium species) are exotic, elegant and relatively disease-free. I live in southwest Florida, so I think the climate would be ok. They last about a month, then I have to throw them out and vacuum the trail of dead leaves that it leaves. Use sharp scissors or kitchen shears to do the trimming. It's best to only trim the outer edges after you've removed yellowing or dead fronds. These house plants have been beloved for decades, as they’re unique, beautiful houseplants. But it kept turning brown and crunchy. They are susceptible to spider mites, wet rot and some other common plant diseases. It starts at the tips and works its way to the middle of the leaf. Let’s take a look at what makes this species special, how to care for it, and how it got its name. The frosty fern plant is popular for its white-tipped leaves, which give it a frosted appearance. The “Bird’s Nest Fern”, otherwise known as Asplenium nidus, is one of two species in the Aspleniaceae family found in commercial cultivation. Every year, I buy ferns for our patio, then when it starts to get cold outside, I bring them in. Common problems are overwatering, watering with softened water, and placing them in direct sunlight. I put it in a huge pot, bought the expensive houseplant soil, and the expensive fertilizer. Did I do something wrong? Why are the fronds on my staghorn fern turning dry and brown. Please help me bring this back to the beautiful plant it was when received from my sister's funeral. What is ... Q. Boston Fern Browning - My Boston fern leaves are turning brown and it's shedding a lot. Ferns usually retain their leaves for 1-2 years, and then the oldest leaves usually turn brown and die back. Gardenerdy tells you all that you should know about frosty fern care. If your fern begins to die as a result of neglect, do the same by removing the damaged/dead area with a pair of shears. Pruning on a hot day, during a drought when the evergreen is already stressed, or in the fall/autumn can cause conifers to turn brown. It grew and stayed green for about a month again. Now there is a third of the original plant and its still turning brown and crunchy. Are you searching for the reason why your frosty fern plants are dying or turning brown? My foxtail fern have never done this before -- it's not a matter of removing dead/dying foliage -- all of the fronds on all of my plants are turning brown -- not just old, new, or in-between fronds -- all of them -- they have received the same care/water as in the past but suddenly the fronds, whether mature or just coming up, are turning brown. Happy autumn fern: Autumn fern with sunburn: Now, this browning due to sunburn isn’t to be confused with the normal shedding of leaves. If your plant looks brown or dead, cut off the damaged areas with hand pruners. I have had them for years, one is 6 ft. across and 4 ft. top to bottom. I water them every other day with my orchids. Well, I have finally figured out how to keep ferns from turning brown and shedding! It is hanging on the front porch, getting the morning sun. Remove dead parts of the fern. Keep in mind that the tips turn brown if you clip off the edges. What does it need? You know you have a problem if your fern fronds start looking funky sooner than that. Q. Boston Fern Leaves Turning Yellow - My Boston fern has fronds with one or two leaves turning yellow in the middle of each frond. Although most ferns prefer high air humidity, a few of them grow better in a rather dry atmosphere. House ferns are able to contract some diseases, but they tend to be hardy and don’t succumb to most. Over-pruning or pruning at the wrong time of year can cause the evergreens to turn brown. 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