Plant Care Blue Star Fern

Blue Star Fern

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About Blue Star Fern

The epiphytic fern is native to the tropical eastern coasts of the Americas and is commonly grown as a houseplant. Ideal growing conditions include partial sun, medium humidity and moist but not soggy soil. The fronds are from 12-50 inches long and 4-20 inches wide in the wild.

Taxonomy

Phlebodium aureum
Phlebodium
Polypodiaceae
Polypodiales

Also known as

Rabbit's Foot Fern, Cabbage Palm Fern, Golden Polypody, Gold Foot Fern and Hare Foot Fern

How to care for Blue Star Fern

💦 Water

How often to water your Blue Star Fern

Water needs for Blue Star Fern
0.5 cups
every 9

Blue Star 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 Blue Star Fern

Water 0.5 cups every
9

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5"
☀️ Light

Finding light for Blue Star Fern in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Blue Star Fern: 3ft from a window
3ft or less from
a window

Blue Star 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.

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

🪴 Nutrients

How to fertilize Blue Star Fern

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

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💡 FAQs
⭐ Difficulty Level

Blue Star 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 Blue Star Fern →

Common Blue Star Fern Problems →


💦 Water Needs

Blue Star Fern prefers for the soil to dry out between waterings and should be watered regularly. Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.

Blue Star Fern Root Rot →


☀️ Sunlight Needs

Blue Star Fern may have difficulty thriving and will drop leaves 🍃 without ample sunlight. Place it less than 3 feet from a window to maximize the potential for growth. Select your region to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement in your home 🏡.

Blue Star Fern Light Requirements →

Blue Star Fern Direct Sunlight Needs & Tolerance →


🐶 🐈 👶 Toxicity

Blue Star 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.

Blue Star Fern Toxicity to Humans →


💨 Humidity

Blue Star Fern enjoys lots of humidity. Provide humidity for your plant by watering regularly and thoroughly, since plants absorb most water through their root system rather than their leaves. They may also benefit from being placed next to a humidifier.

Blue Star Fern Humidity Needs →


🪴 Soil

Blue Star Fern is very sensitive to dry soil, so choose a potting soil that retains moisture. A good soil will still drain well and contain lots of organic matter such as coco coir or sphagnum moss.


💩 Fertilizer

Blue Star Fern should be repotted after it doubles in size or once a year, whichever comes first. Fresh potting soil has all the nutrients your plant needs, so as long as it’s refreshed yearly, you shouldn’t need to use fertilizer. Remember, plants get their energy from sunlight, not fertilizer!

How Much and When to Fertilize Blue Star Fern →


🌎 Native Region

Blue Star Fern is native to Tropical and Subtropical Americas.


🌸 Flowers

Blue Star Fern does not flower.


⬆️ ⬇️ Growth Pattern

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


🌦️ Growing Outdoors

USDA Hardiness Zone
Blue Star Fern can be grown outdoors in USDA Hardiness Zones 8a-13b. Find your local hardiness zone here.


🌱 Propagation

Blue Star Fern can be propagated by division into new individual plants.

  • Check to see if there is more than one plant. In some cases they may still be beneath the soil surface. If you feel confident, you may remove the soil to check for baby plantlets below!
  • If there are multiple plants growing, unpot the plant and gently tug the plants apart, being careful not to disturb too many of the roots. They may be connected by large root segments which you may need to break to free the plantlet.
  • Pot up the new plant in well-draining soil
  • Repot the parent plant back into its original pot

🍂 Yellow Leaves

Yellow leaves aren’t always a reason to panic, and can be a normal part of a plant’s life cycle. Unless brand new leaves are turning yellow or all the leaves change color at once, it’s likely just your plant shedding old leaves.

Overwatering and root rot are the most likely cause of problems in Blue Star Fern, since they are sensitive to wet soil. The leaves may also appear to be curling or drooping. Less often, yellow leaves are caused by underwatering, nutrient deficiencies, or pests.

Replace soggy soil with fresh, dry soil and download Greg to make sure your plant never gets overwatered again!


🧐 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.


Care Summary for Blue Star Fern

Blue Star Fern

Blue Star Fern


Greg recommends:

Water

0.5 cups every 9 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.

What other plant parents say

Blue Star Fern has a Browns easily plant personality Browns easily 14
Blue Star Fern has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower 12
Blue Star Fern has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves 12
Blue Star Fern has a Survivor plant personality Survivor 11
Blue Star Fern has a Pest magnet plant personality Pest magnet 5
Blue Star Fern has a Easy to propagate plant personality Easy to propagate 2
Blue Star Fern has a Blooms easily plant personality Blooms easily 1
@MariansOasis avatar
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globe Solana Beach, CA
01/26/2022

Lovely free form style. Is usually thirsty and doesn’t like to get dried out. Plays well with others (likes being grouped with other plants).

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globe Alto, TX
01/08/2022

This is one of the easiest plants to take care of for New Plant Moms!!!

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leaf-1 65 Plants
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12/22/2021

I just have a really hard time keeping these guys alive in winter. Keep them in the bathroom and spritz regularly and they still dry out. Love how beautiful they get in the summer!

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09/13/2021

I love this guy, he is so resilient and beautiful!

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leaf-1 15 Plants
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08/06/2021

Very pretty but seems to brown easily

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globe Adelaide, South Australia
07/16/2021

Don’t hesitate! The happiest and easiest fern to have in your care. I love mine!

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globe Haverhill, England
07/15/2021

The label on this plant says ‘easy to grow’ it really is, likes lots of water but doesn’t drink it all too fast so often doesn’t need water when Greg says it should.

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globe Wauwatosa, WI
06/27/2021

died really easily but I did get it from target so…

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06/03/2021

this is the most TEMPERAMENTAL plant i’ve ever had. not enough water plz i’m so thirsty— TOO MUCH TOO MUCH MY LEAVES ARE WET OH NO!!! like make up your mind PLEASE.

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globe Dover, MA
05/30/2021

Fertilizing helps keep the leaves a beautiful blue

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globe Tacoma, WA
04/23/2021

These ferns are so rewarding. It’s fun to watch the fronds grow up in varying shapes. Typical fern rules apply: invest in a humidifier or prepare to mist multiple times throughout the day. Keep the soil moist, but not wet. Pick up a bit of moist soil and pinch it between your fingers. If no water comes out it is time to water. Use caution with fertilizers as this guy will burn and shrivel up pretty easily if fed too much.

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Browns easily Browns easily
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04/06/2021

Need high humidity environment

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