Plant Care Common Ladyfern

Common Ladyfern

Also known as

Southwestern ladyfern, Subarctic ladyfern, Lady fern and Common lady-fern


Athyrium filix-femina

How to care for Common Ladyfern


How often to water your Common Ladyfern

Water needs for Common Ladyfern
0.5 cups
every 9

Common Ladyfern 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.

Calculate water needs of Common Ladyfern

Water 0.5 cups every

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Finding light for Common Ladyfern in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Common Ladyfern: 3ft from a window
3ft or less from
a window

Common Ladyfern 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 Common Ladyfern

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

Difficulty Level

Common Ladyfern is generally considered an easy-to-care-for plant and makes a great choice for beginners!

Sunlight Needs
Growth Pattern
Growing Outdoors

Care Summary for Common Ladyfern

Common Ladyfern

Common Ladyfern

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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