Repotting Boston Fern Questions

cozyfarmhouse(5)March 28, 2013

Hello, I'm a houseplant novice.

I bought this Boston Fern at Lowe's last July. It has more then doubled in size and seems to be very happy on my dining room table.

Last week I noticed it's roots starting to poke through the bottom of the pot and I'm wondering if it might be time to repot? I don't really want it to get much bigger and I've read that bigger pot = bigger fern.

So, will putting it back in the same size pot with fresh soil be enough to keep it healthy? And can I get away with not dividing it? I'm afraid I'll mess it up...

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ozarkia(6b-ish)

Wow! Sorry, I can't help ya, as I've never had luck with ferns. But yours is lovely and makes me want to try one again . . .

    Bookmark   March 28, 2013 at 3:26PM
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rhizo_1 (North AL) zone 7

Cozy, the smartest thing for you to do with your beautiful fern is to cut it cleanly in half....slice a couple of inches off the bottom, too. Repot one half with new potting medium and it will fill out in no time.

Pot up the other half in a different container for yourself or to share.

    Bookmark   March 28, 2013 at 6:32PM
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cozyfarmhouse(5)

Thanks, Ozarkia!

I fully expected this one to die. So far it has been very easy to maintain- just water once a week.

    Bookmark   March 28, 2013 at 6:49PM
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cozyfarmhouse(5)

Ok, rhizo_1. that sounds kind of scary, but I will give it a try.

    Bookmark   March 28, 2013 at 6:57PM
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cozyfarmhouse(5)

Just an update:

I followed rhizo_1's advice to a T on March 31st and both halves are doing well.

Lots of new growth on both and filling in nicely!
(They are not as pale/yellow as they look, it's the early morning sunlight washing out the photos)

    Bookmark   May 23, 2013 at 12:11PM
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plantomaniac08(8)

CozyFarmhouse,
You almost can't tell that you divided them, they both look great!

Planto

    Bookmark   May 23, 2013 at 1:23PM
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tommyr_gw

Great job!

    Bookmark   May 23, 2013 at 5:03PM
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rhizo_1 (North AL) zone 7

Ferns love to be divided and root pruned. It should be an annual event.

(I just love it when people follow my advice 'to a T '.) ;-)

    Bookmark   May 23, 2013 at 5:42PM
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cozyfarmhouse(5)

Thanks, all!

I won't be so scared next time :)

    Bookmark   May 23, 2013 at 7:30PM
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