How To Keep Ferns Over The Winter – Dividing, Re-Potting & Winter Care 

You can divide your ferns in early spring or late fall, before winter comes. This is usually the best time for the plant to get better after the stress of splitting.  

Dividing Ferns 

Use care to take the fern out of its pot or dig around it in the yard bed. Separate the roots carefully, making sure that each section has enough roots and leaves to support itself.  

Cut the ferns into pieces with a sharp knife or gardening tool. Make sure that each piece has at least a few healthy leaves.  

Each division should be planted in a pot or in a spot in the yard with soil that drains well.  

If ferns have grown too big for their pots or the dirt has become hard and unhealthy, you should repot them.  

Re-Potting Ferns 

Ferns like it when their roots are a little crowded, so choose a pot that is a little bigger than the one they are in now. Make sure the pot has holes in the bottom so water doesn't build up.  

Use potting mix that drains well and is high in organic matter, like peat moss or compost.  

With care, take the fern out of its old pot, spread the roots a little, and then put it in the middle of the new pot. Put new potting mix around the roots and give it a lot of water.  

Indoor ferns may suffer from low humidity in winter while heating systems are functioning. Place a humidifier near the plants, gather ferns, or place water and pebble trays under the pots to increase humidity.  

Winter Care 

Winter ferns need less water, so water carefully. Allow the top inch of soil to dry between waterings.  

Keep temperatures consistent: Ferns prefer 60-75°F (15-24°C). Sudden temperature changes can harm plants, so avoid drafty windows or heaters.  

Provide appropriate light: Ferns like bright, indirect light, but certain species can tolerate lesser light in winter. Add fake grow lights or place them near a window for filtered sunlight.  

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