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Tips for Bringing Ferns Indoors for Winter

Tips for Bringing Ferns Indoors for Winter

Tips for Bringing Ferns Indoors for Winter
Close-up of an indoor fern by a window.

Before the first frost of the fall is the perfect time to bring potted ferns indoors for the winter. Here are a few tips to keep them healthy and happy.

  • Hose down each plant to clean the foliage and then inspect closely for insects that might be hiding in the foliage.
  • Wipe down the pots to remove any soil that may have splashed on them during the summer.
  • Let them dry and then carry them into the house placing them on saucers to protect floors and surfaces from runoff.
  • Some plants may also have put on a lot of new growth over the summer and will require a bit of pruning to shape them up before you bring them inside.
  • If you find pests, treat them with appropriate solutions but a good tip is to sink each pot in a bucket of water for a few hours before bringing the plant indoors. This process drowns or uncovers any slugs, snails, worms, or beetles hiding below the surface of the soil.

Learn More

  • Ready to get your hands on some gorgeous ferns that thrive indoors and outdoors? Use the Find a Garden Center tool to find your nearest Monrovia retailer. 
  • Curious what ferns grow well indoors? Find our favorites here. 
  • Want to use more ferns in your garden design? Get some fresh ideas here. 
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