Plant Care Forest Tree Fern

Forest Tree Fern

Also known as

Alsophila capensis, Alsophila capensis polypodiodes, Amphicosmia capensis, Amphicosmia riparia, Cyathea capensis polypodioides, Cyathea polypodioides, Cyathea riparia, Hemitelia capensis, Hemitelia gardneriana, Hemitelia riparia, Polypodium capense and Trichomanes cormophyllum


Alsophila capensis

How to care for Forest Tree Fern

💦 Water

How often to water your Forest Tree Fern

Water needs for Forest Tree Fern
0.5 cups
every 9

Forest Tree Fern needs 0.5 cups of water every 9 when it doesn’t get direct sunlight and is potted in a 5" pot.

Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.

Water 0.5 cups every

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

Select the pot size

☀️ Light

Finding light for Forest Tree Fern in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Forest Tree Fern: 3ft from a window
3ft or less from
a window

Forest Tree Fern may have difficulty thriving, and will drop leaves 🍃, without ample sunlight.

Place it less than 3 feet from a south-facing window to maximize the potential for growth.

Select your region to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement of Forest Tree Fern in your home 🏡.

🪴 Nutrients

How to fertilize Forest Tree Fern

Nutrient, fertilizer, and repotting needs for Forest Tree Fern: repot after 2X growth

Most potting soils come with ample nutrients which plants use to produce new growth.

By the time your plant has depleted the nutrients in its soil it’s likely grown enough to need a larger pot anyway.

To replenish this plant's nutrients, repot your Forest Tree Fern after it doubles in size or once a year—whichever comes first.

Care Summary for Forest Tree Fern

Forest Tree Fern

Greg recommends:


0.5 cups every 9 days


< 3ft from a window


Repot after 2x growth

Based on the 4” pot your plant is in, and that it doesn’t get direct sunlight.

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