Question: I’m really having trouble with my fern. It’s losing its leaves. It started in the center of the plant, but now all of the fronds are elongated and ugly. What can I do?

Answer: It isn’t getting enough light. Move it immediately into a south or east window. Don’t put it in direct sunlight, but get it as close to that as you otherwise can otherwise. We think of ferns as shade-loving plants outdoors, but they need really bright light inside our homes. Withhold fertilizer, and water carefully until you’re sure the plant is in good recovery.

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