What to Feed Ferns In Pots
Adding fertiliser to your potted ferns will ensure they grow lush and healthy. While many potted ferns don’t need a nutrient-rich soil to thrive, a balanced, slow-release fertiliser is beneficial for optimum growth. Here are a few tips to help you choose the right type of fertiliser for your ferns:
Know Your Ferns
Know the type of fern you’re tending to. Different kinds of ferns – such as sword ferns, staghorn ferns, and bird’s nest ferns – prefer different types of fertiliser.
Choose Quality Fertilisers
Choose quality, slow-release fertilisers that are specifically formulated for ferns. These fertilisers may come in liquid, granular, or powder form, and should be applied in spring and summer to encourage growth.
Organic fertilisers are a great, natural way to feed potted ferns. Options include bone meal, fish emulsion, and compost. Organic fertilisers are gentle on the soil and provide essential nutrients without overdoing it.
Follow the directions on your fertiliser packaging to ensure proper application. Be mindful not to over-apply, as this can damage the roots and cause the fern to die.
Treat Your Ferns
If your fern is looking a little sad, try giving it these other treatments to ensure it grows lush and vibrant:
- Water – Make sure your soil is moist by watering it at least once a week.
- Mulch – Mulch will help keep the soil moist and provide your fern with additional nutrients.
- Light – Consider moving your fern to an area with more light to encourage growth.
By following the tips above, your ferns will always be well fed and happy!