Plant Care Autumn Fern

Autumn Fern

About Autumn Fern

Autumn Fern is a popular houseplant 🌿 that is easy to grow and needs regular watering 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.

Taxonomy

Dryopteris erythrosora
Dryopteris
Dryopteridaceae
Polypodiales

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 9

Autumn 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.

Calculate water needs of Autumn Fern

Water 0.5 cups every
9

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

Select the pot size

5"
Light

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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 🚫.

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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.

FAQs
Difficulty Level

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


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Care Summary for Autumn Fern

Autumn Fern

Autumn Fern


Greg recommends:

Water

0.5 cups every 9 days

Placement

< 1ft from a window

Nutrients

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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