Plant Care Butterfly Fern

Butterfly Fern

Also known as

Necklace fern and Walking fern


Asplenium flabellifolium

How to care for Butterfly Fern


How often to water your Butterfly Fern

Water needs for Butterfly Fern
0.5 cups
every 7

Butterfly Fern needs 0.5 cups of water every 7 when it doesn’t get direct sunlight and is potted in a 5" pot.

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Water 0.5 cups every

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Finding light for Butterfly Fern in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Butterfly Fern: 6ft from a window
6ft or less from
a window

Butterfly Fern can tolerate being far from a window and light source.

Place it less than 6 feet from a south-facing window to ensure it receives enough light to survive 💪.

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How to fertilize Butterfly Fern

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

Water Needs
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Care Summary for Butterfly Fern

Butterfly Fern

Greg recommends:


0.5 cups every 7 days


< 6ft 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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