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Is my plant dead?

I brought this plant from Lidl a few weeks ago - very reasonably priced with a lovely pot to go with it. Got it home and put it in a medium lit spot and watered every few days. After a while I noticed the leaves were starting to turn brown so upped the watering. Still turned brown so moved to a lighter spot and now look at it! I must say I don’t have the best track record with house plants but they make me feel so good when I can look at them and know there’s something else living in my room!

 I recently removed the dead bits and I think I made it worse. Is there any point in carrying on with it or should I compost and quit my losses?


  • BiljeBilje Posts: 734
    It seems to be a fern so is used to cool and damp in the wild. I'm sure someone will tell you exactly what it is.  I'd keep it in a bright spot but not direct sunlight. Keep compost damp but not soaked and certainly not standing in water. Get a mister and spray daily with water. Good luck
  • Trouble is you never know how it was treated before you had it.

    Your fern will will grow new fronds.
    Most ferns like cool, shady conditions.
    It will probably hate a hot centrally heated house.
    Roots should be kept  just moist...not too wet or waterlogged...or too dry.
    Find the right spot/treat it well and it should be fine.

    Perthshire. SCOTLAND .
  • B3B3 Posts: 24,463
    Yes. It's not dead. Do what everyone said and also keep it out of draughts. Cut the rest of the dead bits off. It will sprout from the base. If some fronds are just dead at the tips, cut the tips off. Has the container got drainage holes? The plant shouldn't stand in water.
    In London. Keen but lazy.
  • JennyJJennyJ Posts: 8,144
    Maybe try it in the bathroom if that's more humid than the kitchen. Or get a spray bottle and mist it every time you walk past.
    Doncaster, South Yorkshire. Soil type: sandy, well-drained
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