Repotting your birds nest fern can be a great way to encourage new growth in your fern and see how it’s getting on in general.
What Size Pot Does Your Fern Need?
A useful thing to know about a birds nest fern is that they usually prefer to be in a smaller pot than a larger pot. This is because in their natural habitat they are used to competing for nutrients in the soil as they grow in close proximity to other plants.
The only issue with this is that if the fern becomes too leafy up top compared to the size of the pot it can topple it’s pot. To counteract this and weight your pot down you could try placing decorative stones on top of the soil or even opting for a heavier pot rather than a lightweight plastic one.
How Often To Repot A Birds Nest Fern
Before we go about the how or repotting your fern it’s important to know how often this needs to be done.
Your fern shouldn’t need repotting too often as it shouldn’t be growing at a rate quick enough to outgrow it’s pot in a year. And if we remember from the point above, your fern also likes being kept in a slightly smaller pot. A good rule of thumb is to wait approximately two – three years and when your plant is appearing a bit worse for wear you can repot it.
How To Repot Your Fern
Now let’s take a look into the how. If your birds nest fern has been in the same pot a long time you might find it difficult to get out. Tease away the soil at the edges and if your plant is still in its plastic pot you can gently squeeze the pot while holding it a downward facing angle to edge your plant out of the pot. Be careful to guide it with your other hand so you don’t drop it or damage any leaves.
Now onto repotting. Once you’ve selected your pot, which should have a drainage hole, make sure you have the appropriate potting soil for your plant. A well-draining soil will work for your fern with added perlite. Pot your fern in its new container with the well-draining soil, give it a drink of water and you’re good to go. You shouldn’t need to repot your fern for another couple of years.
If you’re feeling a bit adventurous or creative then there are other techniques you can use to pot your fern. Rather than a pot your fern will be able to grow on pieces of wood which can make beautiful wall displays.
For more articles about birds nest fern care why not check out how often should I water a birds nest fern?
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