How To Propagate A Boston Fern: Step-by-Step Guide For Beginners

Boston ferns are beautiful plants that add a tropical touch to any space they inhabit. With their lush green fronds and graceful appearance, it’s no wonder they’re a popular choice for houseplants. One of the great things about Boston ferns is that they’re relatively easy to propagate, which means you can easily grow new plants from your existing ones.

In this post, we’ll walk you through the steps to propagate a Boston fern successfully.

What You Will Need

Before you start propagating your Boston fern, gather all the necessary materials:

– A healthy parent plant
– Pruning shears or scissors
– Potting soil
– A container (with drainage holes)
– Water

Step-by-step Guide on How to Propagate a Boston Fern

1. Choose an offshoot.
Find an offshoot growing from the base of your mature plant. These appear as small baby ferns growing directly out of the soil surrounding the parent plant. They have their root system already in place so that you can snip them away with pruning shears or scissors.

2. Cut Off The Offshoot.
Using clean pruning shears or sharp scissors, cut away at its base so it detaches cleanly from its stem without damaging other parts of either plant.

3.Remove Dead Fronds and Lower Leaves.
Remove any dead fronds and lower leaves from your cutting with care not to damage any remaining foliage in case there are no viable spores left on these leaves for propagation.

4.Plant Your Cutting In Soil.
Choose a potting mix formulated specifically for ferns and fill up a container halfway then make an indentation in it before placing your cutting into it gently until only half remains above ground level but ensure firm contact between soil & roots after which filling up more potting mix around till level with top of cutting since some part will settle down during watering

Water sparingly right after planting then keep moist until growth begins, after which you can increase watering frequency.

6.Cover the Pot.
Cover your container loosely with a plastic bag or create a mini greenhouse for optimal humidity to encourage root formation. Set it in bright, indirect light out of direct sunlight since these plants prefer diffused light and high humidity levels.

7.Waiting Period:
It takes about 2-3 months for roots to establish themselves adequately enough for plant growth; during this period, do not fertilize but only water when soil feels dry up until new fronds begin growing at which point introduce diluted liquid fertilizer every few weeks gradually increasing quantity as plant size increases


Growing Boston ferns from cuttings is an easy way to expand your collection or give away healthy plants as gifts. With proper care and patience, your propagated fern should thrive just like its parent plant. Now that you know how easy it is to propagate Boston ferns let’s get started!