Houseplant: Fern Question

I have a fern indoors. Not a Boston Fern, but I'm not sure what type. I'm not sure that matters though.

I have never seen a Fern do this on its air roots. Have any of you? Will this develop into a whole new plant like a spider plant will do?

I thought an end had been caught and was going to remove that piece, but it is attached. What a surprise!



  • Lisa K
    Lisa K Posts: 1,836 ✭✭✭✭✭

    It looks like it might be a Boston fern.

  • LaurieLovesLearning
    LaurieLovesLearning Posts: 7,356 admin

    @Lisa K I've seen boston ferns. The ones I've seen seem to have a more dense look of leaves down the fronds. Still, I suppose it could be.

  • shllnzl
    shllnzl Posts: 1,816 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Looks like you're going to get another plant. If you can find a way, it wouldn't hurt to wrap the roots in some wet moss or a small amount of soil to accelerate the rooting process.

  • water2world
    water2world Posts: 1,088 ✭✭✭✭

    @LaurieLovesLearning Never saw a plant other than a spider plant do this.

    But what a welcome surprise....a free plant!

  • LaurieLovesLearning
    LaurieLovesLearning Posts: 7,356 admin

    @water2world I know. It's so cool.

  • Cornelius
    Cornelius Posts: 872 ✭✭✭✭

    I also haven't seen this before. I usually cut off these roots to make the plant look nicer when I worked in my schools greenhouse.

  • LaurieLovesLearning
    LaurieLovesLearning Posts: 7,356 admin

    @Cornelius With this apparently new baby fern, I'm imagining the parent fern high in the tropical rainforest treetops, with this baby trying to find a new crook in the trunk & a branch to take root & grow and continue to cascade down in a network of beauty.😄

    I had been told what these were & was told not to cut them off because it is an indicator of a healthy plant (and it is a good thing because it is a type of root that takes water in from the air). I never heard of this happening either, however.

    I think after seeing this, you had better not continue to cut those air roots off! 🤗

  • Cornelius
    Cornelius Posts: 872 ✭✭✭✭

    @LaurieLovesLearning I haven't done it in over a year lol. I'll definitely show the Professor this!

  • annbeck62
    annbeck62 Posts: 994 ✭✭✭✭

    It probably is a new plant. Ferns grow and naturalize in my yard. When I pull them up they are attached by brown runners like what's hanging in your picture. Funny how I have to work at keeping them under control and you're excited about a potential baby plant :)