Can I grow Ferns in LECA or Pon?

Hey plant lovers! So, let’s talk ferns. I’ll be honest—I’m not the best at remembering to water my plants. That’s why I don’t have many ferns.

But guess what? I found a game-changer: Semi-hydroponics.

While my collection includes a bunch of monsteras, philodendrons, hoyas, and orchids, I only have three ferns in LECA and Pon.

Today, I’m gonna share a little story instead of the usual plant care tips.

Semi-hydroponics are perfect for Ferns!

You see, ferns are kinda like drama queens. Forget to water them for just three days, and they’ll drop their leaves faster than you can say “oops!”

So, about a few months ago, I did a little experiment with my Maidenhair Fern.

Maidenhair Fern in LECA
Photo credits @TheLecaQueen

After nearly killing it by letting it dry out, I decided to give it a second chance in a self-watering pot—the same one I use for my LECA plants.

Why didn’t I switch it to LECA right away? Well, I got cold feet after seeing its root system. So, I just plopped it into the self-watering pot, soil and all. I thought it might get too wet and die, but surprise, surprise—it thrived!

Eventually, I mustered the courage to switch it to LECA. And no, those dark roots aren’t rotting.

Fern roots are naturally dark, and they’re pretty sturdy. Trust me, that root ball is solid as a rock.

Now, let’s talk blue star ferns. If you’re up for the challenge, you can transition them to LECA too. You might not get all the soil off, but it’s not a deal-breaker.

So here’s the takeaway: LECA is my fern lifesaver. It’s super flexible and lets you adapt your plant care to fit your lifestyle.

And that’s why I’m all in on LECA and semi-hydroponics.

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I am a devoted plant lover who's mastered the art of growing houseplants in semi-hydroponic setups. Passionate about LECA potting, I enjoy sharing expert tips and insights through this blog to help fellow plant enthusiasts thrive. When not watching my indoor jungle, I am busy experimenting with new, sustainable ways to achieve plant perfection.

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I just bought a rabbits foot fern, i’m considering putting it in LECA but i’ve not seen anyone do this, what do you think?