I had a posting titled ". Finally, on the underbelly I found a green caterpillar. Fern gulbis or Caterpillar poop? Looks like Helen researched it for you and what a sweetie to help out! Small, but spreading, soft brown to black spots with an unpleasant odor are most likely a sign of bacterial soft rot. The best organic way to rid the ferns of caterpillars is to pluck them off and dispose of them or move them somewhere they can munch on something you don't mind them destroying. I've had Kimberly ferns for over 18 years, never seen "poop"/caterpillars until this year. We love your yard its so beautiful...we also have two butterfly bushes here in iowa...one didn't do well this year at all but the other one is about 3 years old and stand 7 feet tall!Stella Rose. So glad someone got to the bottom of this for you! I am going to be looking for my fern to poop - I would love to be able to grow a fern from seed! If your fern’s leaves are suffering from brown or black spots or strips, there may be nematodes in the soil. My Boston Fern Has Little Black or Dark Green Balls Falling From It. PLEASE DO NOT LIFT PHOTOS OR WORDS. I love ferns. I have had ferns for years and never seen this. I walk out onto the front porch and find a strange thing happening under the Ferns. I swept them up and a couple minutes later I found fresh ones! I love my butterfly bushes…Lola, Do be safe during this storm. I've never seen this before but it is neat! Sign up to get all the latest gardening tips! Skeeter,Looks like frass to me. If your fern’s leaves are suffering from brown or black spots or strips, there may be nematodes in the soil. Gaia, I do hope for seeds verses poo from Cats. Answered by Heather on September 16, 2012 Certified Expert . If your Boston fern is dropping leaves, you’ll need to take quick action to slow or stop the leaf loss to keep your fern looking is best. Boston ferns are a popular choice of houseplant; they can add charm to any home and especially flourish during the spring and summer months.Boston fern do require specific care and attention, and neglecting any of several measures can create any of the following problems that need prompt attention. Your ferns are most happy, maybe they'll make more by the deck area there. I think they are beautiful. I wanted to see how they faired along side the pruned ones. I have not really taken the time to try and squash them or investigate as I see the mess at the wrong time and just grab the broom and sweep it off the porch. Some other ferns do it too, but the ones I have seen have been even smaller. All pictures are property of the In the Garden team except where noted and are not to be copied OR pinned without written permission. I've had a beautiful Boston fern for months now and recently hung it on my porch. I have had issues with caterpillars on the ferns in the past so you may be on to something. Boston fern appears to be one of them. A. Your garden is beautiful! Symptoms of Boston Fern Pests. A friends neighbor keeps digging her's up and throwing them away. Boston Ferns prefer temperatures of between 60-75℉ (16-24℃) and prefer spots on the cooler end of that range, so look for a cool place in your home. Thunder/lightening, & of course rain. Boston ferns are fabulously popular houseplants. I have ferns hanging on my front porch and am seeing the exact same thing. It looks like what's euphemistically called "frass," aka caterpillar poop, to me.But bulblets from the ferns would be much nicer! Some Problems, Animals, Gardens, and White Flowers, A Christmas Tree Shaped Bottle Tree That Hangs Up, NellJean's Blue and Green Wired Bottle Tree. I have read through all these comments and am still not sure if the final answer is seeds or poop??? I hope they decide to sprout and give me some ferns! A... Our Final Post on the Beautiful Luthy Botanical Ga... Another Day Visiting the Luthy Botanical Gardens. Above you can see the Butterfly Bush Island still giving us color. Thread in the Ask a Question forum forum by Christine2016: Our recently potted ferns are dropping lots of black hard balls on the floor around the plants. As Tina mentioned, the planter in the front of this porch is where I have been sweeping the seeds. The stems go black/brown and the tips die. Yes! The crazy fronds of the Boston fern bring life to summer porches and homes everywhere, instilling a little vigor to otherwise plain spaces. Spores appear as little bumps, often black or brown, lining the underside of some fronds. I'm trying some dawn dishwashing liquid mixed with water and spraying my ferns with the mixture. I had the same thing on my pumpkin vine's leaves, and searched around. Boston ferns (Nephrolepis exaltata) can be grown outside in U.S. Department of Agriculture plant hardiness zones 8b through 11, … Find more gardening information on Gardening Know How: Keep up to date with all that's happening in and around the garden. Spray with fungicide. So glad they aren't! Ok Ladies.. which is it? Wow....the photos look exactly what I've been finding under both my ferns on my white railing. Last night I got up at 4:30 to check the chair and no balls but at 7, they were on the chair again. I have never planted it as it has fallen from baskets over the years. If this photo went higher up, you could see Angel Trumpets in bloom. I had never seen a dropping like it but thought maybe it was a baby mouse or chipmunk or something. Killer Opening Songs (Led Zeppelin’s Whole Lotta Love) “Phallic rock” at its best, Bless us one and all on this Easter Sunday 2016. I have a ton of Wandering Jew that just keeps going and going in both planters! Your Boston Fern likes to live in a spot where the temperature is a little bit cooler than many houseplants. There is one case in which a Boston fern with black fronds is perfectly natural, and it’s good to be able to spot it. I love Buddleia too -- such reliable bloomers over such a long period of time, and the butterflies just flock to them. I'm glad Helen found the answer for you. I'd be looking in your ferns for caterpillars, myself. 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Boston fern fronds turning brown or black may also signal trouble, however. Ask a Question forum: Boston fern - … I've had a beautiful Boston fern for months now and recently hung it on my porch. I was thinking it would be seed of some kind. My ferns are also turning a pale green due to the caterpillars I'm sure. I'm trying some dawn dishwashing liquid mixed with water and spraying my ferns with the mixture. So I have no clue, Did not have this last year.. That's a cool fact...so glad to learn something new, and glad Helen solved it for ya:) I wouldn't notice if my ferns produced those brown things as there is so much brown mulch around everything in my garden. We are getting some of that storm now. She's too mean to ask her for themm she's a bitter thing... LOL. You may see small black spots on the undersides of your fern’s leaves, lined up in regular rows. They look so darn happy. Cool Looking Fungi In the Garden-Aliens Perhaps? Sorry but this is not seeds but poop from black caterpillars as I actually found one on one of my ferns. If the infestation is bad, remove any infected plants. That’s why it can be so disheartening to see your vibrant green fern fronds turning black or brown. Is this seasonal? This mess is occurring under each of the 4 hanging Ferns. But now I will be more aware of the possibility. When I sweep them up, they look green and slimy. They look very happy there. I usually trim the Butterfly Bushes but let a few of them stay natural this year. That a new one to me. Boston fern fronds turning brown or black may also signal trouble, however. Cut away the discolored leaves to keep the plant looking fresh. Better fell them, if squishy, then frass, if hard them maybe fern seeds. What is it and does this harm my plant?