Plant Care Autumn Fern

Autumn Fern

About Autumn Fern

Autumn Fern is a popular houseplant 🌿 that is isn’t challenging to grow and needs very little water to thrive. They do best in long-lasting, direct light ☀️ and should be less than 1 foot from a window.

Autumn Fern likes soil that is well draining. Your plant shouldn't need added fertilizers if you repot each time it doubles in size.

Autumn Fern belongs to the Dryopteris genus, and is native to China to Temperate Eastern Asia.


Dryopteris erythrosora

Also known as

Japanese Sheild Fern

How to care for Autumn Fern

💦 Water

How often to water your Autumn Fern

Water needs for Autumn Fern
0.5 cups
every 12

Autumn Fern needs 0.5 cups of water every 12 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 Autumn Fern

Water 0.5 cups every

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

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☀️ Light

Finding light for Autumn Fern in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Autumn Fern: 1ft from a window
1ft or less from
a window

Autumn Fern love being close to bright, sunny windows 😎.

Place it less than 1ft from a south-facing window to maximize the potential for growth.

Autumn Fern does not tolerate low-light 🚫.

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

🪴 Nutrients

How to fertilize Autumn Fern

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

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💡 FAQs
⭐ Difficulty Level

Autumn Fern is generally easy to care for, though some plant parents report facing challenges with growing it. Check out the reviews down below to read more about their experiences!

Benefits of Growing Autumn Fern →

Common Autumn Fern Problems →

💦 Water Needs

Autumn Fern thrives in dry soil and should be watered sparingly. Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.

Autumn Fern Water Frequency →

Autumn Fern Root Rot →

☀️ Sunlight Needs

Autumn Fern requires abundant, bright and direct light. Place it less than one foot from a window to ensure it receives enough light to survive 💪. Select your region to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement in your home 🏡.

Autumn Fern Light Requirements →

Autumn Fern Direct Sunlight Needs & Tolerance →

🐶 🐈 👶 Toxicity

Autumn Fern is not known to cause harm to humans or pets. Regardless, if you, a family member, a cat, or dog has ingested any plant material, please consult a doctor or a veterinarian.

🪴 Soil

Autumn Fern does best in well-draining soil. A good soil will contain lots of organic matter such as coco coir as well as perlite or vermiculite to help with drainage. Adding a handful of perlite to regular store-bought potting soil should do the trick!

Best Soil Mix for Autumn Fern →

When and How to Successfully Repot Autumn Fern →

💩 Fertilizer

Autumn Fern grows very slowly and doesn’t require added fertilizer. Replacing your plant’s potting soil once a year should provide them with more than enough nutrition. Remember, plants get their energy from sunlight, not fertilizer!

How Much and When to Fertilize Autumn Fern →

🌸 Flowers

Autumn Fern does not flower.

Autumn Fern Flowers →

⬆️ ⬇️ Growth Pattern

Autumn Fern is a clumping plant, meaning new growth will emerge from the soil around the parent plant.

How and When to Prune Autumn Fern →

🌦️ Growing Outdoors

USDA Hardiness Zone
Autumn Fern can be grown outdoors in USDA Hardiness Zones 6a-12b. Find your local hardiness zone here.

Autumn Fern Temperature Tolerance →

🧐 Troubleshooting

When troubleshooting a sad-looking houseplant, start by checking for signs of distress in its leaves, such as yellowing, browning, or drooping, which can indicate overwatering or nutrient deficiencies.

Inspect the soil moisture; too dry or too wet soil can cause problems.

Ensure the plant is getting the right amount of light, as too much or too little can stress it.

Finally, consider environmental factors like temperature and humidity, and adjust care routines accordingly to revive your plant.

😖 Common Issues

Overwatering is a likely cause of issues with Autumn Fern. These plants are very sensitive to wet soil so if you notice your plant becoming squishy or translucent, overwatering is the likely culprit.

Cut your plant just past where the rot ends and allow it to callus over for a few days before replanting it in fresh, dry soil. Download Greg to make sure your plant never gets overwatered again!

Care Summary for Autumn Fern

Autumn Fern

Autumn Fern

Greg recommends:


0.5 cups every 12 days


< 1ft 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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