Should I Repot My Crispy Wave Fern And If So, How?

By Kiersten Rankel

Dec 16, 20234 min read

Nurture a thriving Crispy Wave Fern 🌿 by mastering the when and how of repotting for peak plant health!

  1. Root-bound signs mean repot: roots peeking out, wilting, or growth slowdown.
  2. Choose one size larger pot with drainage holes and fresh, well-draining soil mix.
  3. Post-repot care is key: adjust water and light, monitor for stress signs.

Identifying the Need for Repotting

Recognizing when your Crispy Wave Fern is root-bound is crucial for its health.

🕵️ Spotting the Signs

Look for roots peeking through the drainage holes or circling the surface soil. If the soil dries out faster than a sponge in the Sahara or if your fern wilts faster than your enthusiasm on a Monday morning, it's time. A slowdown in growth, despite your pep talks and fertilizer, also screams 'repot me!'

🕰 Timing is Everything

Don't rush to repot; these ferns aren't speed demons in growth. They prefer a cozy pot for about a year unless they're bursting at the seams. Remember, brown roots are the norm for this quirky plant, so don't panic if they're not pearly white.

Preparing for Repotting

🌱 Selecting the Right Pot

Size matters when it comes to choosing a new home for your Crispy Wave Fern. Opt for a pot that’s one size larger than the current one to give those roots room to breathe. Ensure it has drainage holes; soggy roots are a no-go. Material-wise, terracotta or ceramic pots are your friends for their breathability and stability.

🛠 Gathering Your Repotting Arsenal

You’ll need a fresh soil mix—think organic compost, pine bark, and a dash of perlite or coarse sand for that airy feel. Grab some sharp scissors for any rogue roots (sanitize them, please, we’re not barbarians). Lay down a newspaper or an old sheet unless you fancy turning your floor into a makeshift garden. And don’t forget the water—your fern’s going to be thirsty after its move.

The Repotting Process

Assessing the Situation

Before diving into the repotting process, ⚠️ gently remove your Crispy Wave Fern from its current residence. Be mindful that the roots are naturally ⚠️ brown, not white, so don't be alarmed by their unconventional hue.

Out with the Old

Turn the pot ⤴️ sideways and coax the plant out. If it's stubborn, a few taps or a run-around with a knife should loosen the soil's grip. Avoid yanking; we're not starting a lawnmower here.

Root Health Check

Once free, inspect the root system. ✂️ Trim any damaged or diseased parts with clean pruning shears. Remember, healthy roots are key to a thriving Crispy Wave, even if they look like they've been rolling in the mud.

Pot Selection

Choose a new pot with a 🕳️ drainage hole; nobody likes wet feet, especially not your fern. Size up only slightly; these plants don't need a mansion, just a cozy space to expand.

Soil Matters

Fill the new pot with an 🌴 all-purpose or tropical soil mix that drains faster than a sink in a spy movie. Good drainage is the secret sauce to repotting success.


Place your fern in its new abode, ensuring it's not buried deeper than a treasure chest. The soil should be firm but not compacted; think supportive mattress, not concrete slab.

Water Wisely

Water the plant to settle it in, but don't drown it in enthusiasm. Aim for moist, not a reenactment of the last flood scene in an apocalypse movie.

Post-Repotting Care

After repotting, adjusting watering and light is crucial for your Crispy Wave Fern's recovery. It's like a spa day after a marathon; the plant needs TLC to bounce back.

💧 Watering Wisdom

Initially, keep the soil evenly moist but not soggy. Overwatering is the fast track to root rot, so let's not drown our green friend in enthusiasm. After a week, resume your usual watering routine, but keep an eye out for drama—droopy leaves are a cry for help.

🌿 Let There Be (The Right Amount of) Light

Your fern's not auditioning for a sunbathing competition. Place it in indirect light, where it won't get scorched. East or north-facing windows are your best bet. If your only option is a brighter spot, think sheer curtains for a soft filter.

🌡️ Temperature and Humidity: The Comfort Zone

Keep the temperature around 70-90 °F (21-32 °C) and slightly cooler at night. Crispy Wave Ferns don't appreciate drafts or sudden temperature changes. They're humidity lovers, so consider a humidifier or a pebble tray to up the moisture in the air.

👀 Vigilance is Key

Monitor for signs of stress like wilting or yellowing leaves. If you spot trouble, don't panic—adjust your care routine and give it time. Patience is not just a virtue; it's a necessity in the plant world.

Remember, your Crispy Wave Fern is as unique as your fingerprint. What works for one may not work for another. Stay observant, be adaptable, and enjoy the journey of nurturing your leafy companion.

Repot your Crispy Wave Fern with confidence and let Greg 🌿 keep an eye on the soil moisture and growth, ensuring your green friend prospers in its new pot.