Plant Care Deer fern

Deer fern

About Deer fern

Deer fern is a super rare houseplant 🌿 that is easy to grow and needs lots of water to thrive. They do best in abundant sunlight ☀ and should be less than 3 feet from a window.

Deer fern belongs to the Blechnum genus, and is native to Northwestern Africa, Europe to Iran, Japan, and Southern Alaska to the Western United States.

Taxonomy

Blechnum spicant
Blechnum
Blechnaceae
Polypodiales

Also known as

Struthiopteris spicant and Hard-fern

How to care for Deer fern

Water

How often to water your Deer fern

Water needs for Deer fern
0.5 cups
every 7

Deer fern needs 0.5 cups of water every 7 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
7

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5"
Light

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Finding light for Deer fern in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Deer fern: 3ft from a window
3ft or less from
a window

Deer 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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Nutrients

How to fertilize Deer fern

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

FAQs
Difficulty Level

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


Water Needs
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Toxicity
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Growing Outdoors

Care Summary for Deer fern

Deer fern


Greg recommends:

Water

0.5 cups every 7 days

Placement

< 3ft 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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