Plant Care Mule's Foot Fern

Mule's Foot Fern

Also known as

Mule's Foot Fern, King fern, Giant fern, Elephant fern, Oriental Vessel fern, Madagascar tree fern, 莲座蕨, fougère royale, e'e, helecho elefante, nahe, polato, bersarm, demarm, nase, oli oli, hulufe tano, hulufe vai and ponga


Angiopteris evecta

How to care for Mule's Foot Fern


How often to water your Mule's Foot Fern

Water needs for Mule's Foot Fern
0.5 cups
every 9

Mule's Foot 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

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A plant's growing potential is determined from its location, the time of year, and current local weather.

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Finding light for Mule's Foot Fern in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Mule's Foot Fern: 3ft from a window
3ft or less from
a window

Mule's Foot 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.

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How to fertilize Mule's Foot Fern

Nutrient, fertilizer, and repotting needs for Mule's Foot 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 Mule's Foot Fern after it doubles in size or once a year—whichever comes first.

Care Summary for Mule's Foot Fern

Mule's Foot 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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