Why are the tips of my indoor fern turning brown?

Last Updated on 2 years by Namrata

Most ferns love swamp, damp places where there are no direct sunlight falls. They can grow in shady forests to a crevice in rock if they get enough nutrients for the growth. Ferns can be grown indoors if proper care is taken. When you grow them in a pot remember to keep the soil moist and do not overwater. Overwatering and waterlogging will kill an indoor fern. Indoor ferns growing in cold places should keep in mind that the temperature does not fall down to a certain level and the moisture in the air remains sufficient.

Keeping good moisture in the indoor air is important for the life of an indoor fern. This can be achieved by Grouping the plants in a place(corner of the house), Putting plants in a tray with pebbles, misting manually the plants with a water sprayer, using an electric humidifier, growing in a terrarium.

Reasons for browning of indoor fern tips

The main reason for the browning of fern tips is the low moisture in the soil and low humidity in the surroundings. If you are growing fern indoors, do check for the water content in the soil. The best potting soil for ferns is well-drained soil with high organic content like dead plants. You can also use homemade organic fertilizers with potting soil.

Other reasons can be direct sunlight, fern kept near a window in direct sunlight can be heated from the sun. The leaves get dried up because of the heat from light.

How to care your Indoor fern leaves

Why are the tips of my indoor fern turning brown
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  1. If you live in cold climate region and using heater for indoors, be careful to keep the fern pot away from the heater and furnace. Regular manual misting to be done.
  2. Use an electric humidifier if you are growing indoor fern. An automatic electric humidifier will keep track of the humidity in the surrounding air and will maintain the minimum humidity needed for proper fern growth. Scientifically ferns need at least 70% humidity to grow well.
  3. The cheap way to maintain good humidity for ferns is by grouping all plants in a place, for example corner of the room. You can also use a pebble tray with pebbles on it. These small pebbles trap the moisture from air and do not let to dry up easily.

FAQs on indoor fern leaves

Why is my asparagus fern turning brown?

Asparagus ferns have small feathery leaves, they grow well in shady, humid places. The leaves may turn brown if moisture is less in the air and they turn brown when grow old. Do not let the plant be exposed to direct sunlight and keep misting to preserve the humidity.

Why is my Boston fern turning brown?

One of the prettiest looking ferns, also known as sword fern. They remain evergreen when sufficient water, sunlight, and nutrients get. Exposure to direct sunlight, insufficient water, nutrient deficiency, and less environmental moisture can cause leaves to turn brown. It is also to be noted that, old dying leaves may turn brown which can be removed using a sharp gardening shear.

Do ferns turn brown in winter?

Yes, ferns may turn brown during the winter season as moisture in the air decreases during the winter season. Ferns are the least evolved tracheophytes and depend on environmental moisture for survival.

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