In article <Pine.SOL.3.91.950220142037.13638B-100000 at rocky>, Elizabeth
Winter <ez052136 at peseta.ucdavis.edu> wrote:
> On 19 Feb 1995, Flex13 wrote:
>> > I am a novice indoor plant grower. I recently purchased a boston fern.
> > The temp in my apt. is 68-70 F. I run a humidifier, so it is not dry.
> > The fern gets no direct sunlight, but plenty of indirect. I mist it every
> > day and water it only when dry.
> > Why do I keep loosing leaves(fronds?)?
> I've never had the appropriate spot to grow a Boston Fern - they need
> perfect everything! But it is natural for the fern to lose fronds
> periodically. New fiddleheads pop up right behind them. Unless you are
> losing a majority of fronds and/or the plant looks sick. Don't worry
> about it.
> Could it be possible that you are giving it too much water? I don't know
> what the right amount would be, but you don't want the fern to rot. >
Well, the only one I've ever raised seems OK in a rather dark apartment,
hanging in front of a small basement-type window that gets southern
exposure. Last year I gave it a weekly shower in the tub, but not this
year. Can't see a difference in growth. I water it once a week (has a
self-watering pot), but I've read that it doesn't mind going dry, unlike
other ferns. BUT it seems to like staying moist. Fed Peter's 20-20-20
(weak) every 3 weeks in the winter - more in summer.
It looses leaves all the time. Give it a good shake down once in a while
(makes a mess). It's always growing replacement fronds. In the summer it
lived outside under the apple tree and LOVED it!
Good luck. Kevin