Asked on Jun 1, 2018

What is turning my Boston fern brown?

19628357297Sandra ClayKaye Watters


I’m trying to find out why the leaves in my Boston fern is turning brown. I usually have it sitting on the deck on the back of my house which faces east. I make sure I keep the soil moist. Still can’t figure out why it’s turning brown. Any suggestions?
q what is turning my boston fern brown
9 answers
  • Phyllis Elliott
    on Jun 1, 2018

    Usually too much or too little watering !

  • Janet Pizaro
    on Jun 1, 2018

    ferns need alot of misting ,and shade

  • Debker
    on Jun 1, 2018

    Hi, Boston fern browning may be caused by poor soil, inadequate drainage, lack of water or humidity, too much light, excess salt or simply mechanical injury. If your cat tends to chew on the leaves, the tips will turn brown and die

  • Elaine
    on Jun 2, 2018

    Do you also mist your ferns? They love regular misting. I once read that the fronds turn brown if they are frequently touched so make sure there are no little children frequently touching the leaves.

  • Cindy
    on Jun 2, 2018

    It's time to re-pot your plant with new soil. The fern has used up the nutrients it needs. You could also try placing your fern in your bathroom. Ferns are tropical plants and would love all the moisture and steam in your bathroom. Best of luck to you.

  • Sandra Clay
    on Jun 2, 2018

    I've had the same problem. Found that unchlorinated worked the best.

  • 19628357297
    on Jun 3, 2018

    well the city water with chlorine in it is very bad for all plants, i use alaska fish emulsion fertilizer, mine were yellowing and looking bad, now they are beautiful. but i must warn you it dont smell great but you will have the most beautiful ferns, i had friends came by and ask to use my ferns in there garden wedding , they were really big,thick and green , just beautiful

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