How To Propagate Ferns From Clippings: A Step-By-Step Guide

Ferns have long been a favorite among indoor and outdoor garden enthusiasts. They are known for their lush foliage, unique shapes, and ease of care. Propagating ferns from clippings is an easy and cost-effective way to grow your collection of ferns while also adding greenery to your space.

In this blog post, we will discuss the steps to propagate ferns from clippings successfully.

What You Will Need

Before getting started with propagating your ferns, you will need some essential materials. These include:

1. Pruning Shears: You’ll need a sharp pair of pruning shears or scissors to cut off the fronds or leaves from the mother plant.

2. Water: You’ll want to use distilled water as tap water can contain chlorine that may be harmful to plants.

3. Jar or Vase: A clear glass jar, vase or bottle filled with water where you will place your cuttings until they begin developing roots.

4. Fertilizer (Optional): Adding fertilizer may help speed up root growth but it’s not necessary.

Step-by-Step Guide

1.Cutting The Fern Clipping:
The first step in propagating ferns from clippings involves cutting off a healthy leaf section or frond stem.
To do this properly make sure you’re using clean pruning shears and always ensure that there is at least one node on each clipping.
Snip right below where the leaf meets the main stem just below a set of leaves; if possible try taking several clippings so if one doesn’t take hold then another might succeed instead!

2.Placing In A Vase Of Water
After trimming all desired sections put them in a clean vessel full of distilled water ensuring that no leaves touch any parts submerged under-water except for their stems.
Make sure half-inch part is submersed under-water by placing them into its container at an angle so air bubbles don’t get trapped.

3.Keeping The Clippings in a Good Environment
Keep the container of clippings in a warm spot with indirect light, away from direct sunlight and drafts that can harm your fern.
Remember to keep an eye on the water level daily and refill when necessary.

4.Waiting for rooting:
Roots will start developing after around 2-3 weeks. Once you see roots developing, it’s time to transplant the clipping into soil!
Transplant gently without harming any of its delicate new roots.

5.Planting Clipping In Soil
Place your rooted cutting into a pot filled with moistened potting soil rich in organic matter.
Give it good watering but don’t let it sit too long or drown its roots! Place it back where there is indirect sunlight until its new growth starts showing up!


Propagating ferns from cuttings is an easy way to grow your collection of plants while adding greenery to indoor spaces. By following these simple steps, you’ll be successful in propagating healthy ferns that are sure to thrive under proper care and attention.

Always remember that patience is key through this process as getting quick results isn’t always guaranteed! Keep learning about other aspects like fertilizing, pruning techniques so you have healthier more magnificent variants of fern species at home!