How to Plant Ferns in a Pot
Even if you don’t have much space, you can create a lush green display by planting a mix of contrasting ferns in a container.
- fern plants
- large planting pot
- broken clay pieces or gravel
- soil-based compost
- slow-release fertilizer granules
- bucket of water
- watering can or garden hose
Step 1: Apply Compost and Fertilizer
Place broken clay pot pieces over the drainage hole at the bottom of the pot, and apply a layer of soil-based compost. Add some slow-release fertilizer granules.
Step 2: Position the Ferns
Soak the ferns in a bucket of water for 15 minutes. Place them, still in their original containers, in the pot to ensure that you are happy with the arrangement.
Step 3: Place Ferns on Compost
Tip the ferns out of their containers, and place them on the layer of compost. Fill in around the root balls, firming the compost gently with your fingers.
Step 4: Plant Ferns
Plant the ferns at the same depth as in their original containers, leaving a gap of 2 inches between the pot rim and top of the compost to allow space for watering. Water in well.