The Q&A Archives: Planting Ferns

Question: I recently planted fern seedlings or roots in a wooded area. Is this the proper way to start growth? What is the best way to do this?

Answer: If you purchased little pots of ferns, they should transplant easily in moist soil in a shady area. After planting, keep them well watered and they should become established in just a few weeks. The best way to transplant seedlings is to dig a hole large enough to accommodate the roots without crowding, place the roots in the hole and gently fill in around them with soil. Then water well to eliminate air pockets around the roots. The plants should be at the same soil level in the ground as they were growing in the pots.

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