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Location: Denton, Texas
Posted: Jun/23/2009 6:18 PM PST
I had a wood fern, japanese painted fern, and autumn fern growing in a long rectangular pot on my patio where they get only a little morning sun. They were doing wonderfully, really beautiful. Yesterday I noticed two dead-ish looking fronds on the japanese one, so I cut them off and went about my business. Today when I came home, the japanese fern was almost completely dead. There are only a couple of fronds that aren't shriveled up to nothing. What happened?! It broke 100 degrees in Texas today, but I read that this fern takes heat better than most and they were in the shade. The other two are still perfectly fine! I am sad. I really liked it. Can anyone tell me what I should do or what might have happened?
Location: NE Ohio, deck chuckin' fool
Posted: Jun/26/2009 5:52 AM PST
Is the pot porous by chance? Maybe the water was wicking out of it without it being visible. I wouldn't give up hope yet. I had a fern in the ground and thought it was a shriveled goner from winter, but after we had a few rains and I watered it a few times it started to get some new fronds and it's fine now. It wouldn't hurt to give it a try.