sick maidenhair fern?

Isa_10February 26, 2013

I got an indoor maidenhair fern a few weeks ago, and it's been getting worse and worse ever since. A lot of the upper leaves have wilted and dried up, but without yellowing or anything - they're darkish green. Not sure if this is normal, but it also smells kind of sweet, like cut grass. There are a lot of gray-green spots all over the foliage...I'm thinking it's because I used to mist it, and there might have been something in the bottle...
At one point it was in a terrarium, and I think I overwatered it, so I moved it to a pot...ever since then the upper leaves have been wilting as described above. Is there something wrong with the roots? Will it get better on its own, or is there something I can do?
Thanks!

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garyfla_gw(10 Florida)

Hi
That is one genus of ferns that has eluded me lol I usually slowly kill them even when I get the tropical species .
All seem to require very high humidty like over 60 percent
yet seem very sensitive to overwatering as you mention.
Would assume you have a tropical species since your growing indoors but even if it's a temperate should grow for several months . my longest survivors were kept in an outdoor terrarium and my guess as to why was the very high humidity level. Anyway hope that helps a tiny bit
If you learn any tricks please share They are gorgeous!! lol gary

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