Plant Care Brake Fern
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Brake Fern

2.9 out of 5 (7 experiences)

Brake Fern has a Browns easily plant personality Browns easily
Brake Fern has a Pet friendly plant personality Pet friendly

Also known as

Slender Brake, Silver Lace Fern, Sword Brake Fern, silver ribbon fern and Silverlace Fern

Taxonomy

Pteris ensiformis
Pteris
Pteridaceae
Polypodiales

How to care for Brake Fern

Water

How often to water your Brake Fern

Water needs for Brake Fern
0.5 cups
every 9

Brake 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 Brake 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 Brake Fern in your home

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

Brake 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 Brake Fern in your home 🏡.

Nutrients

How to fertilize Brake Fern

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

Care Summary for Brake Fern

Brake Fern

Brake 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

Brake Fern has a Browns easily plant personality Browns easily 5
Brake Fern has a Pet friendly plant personality Pet friendly 1
Brake Fern has a Survivor plant personality Survivor 1
Marblequeen avatar
@Marblequeen
leaf-1 23 Plants
xp 562 XP
globe Columbus, Ohio
09/22/2021

needs a Ton of humidity like more than a humidifier running part of the day can give. probably good for greenhouses or terrariums

Browns easily Browns easily
Pet friendly Pet friendly
Cat.heinen avatar
@Cat.heinen
leaf-1 88 Plants
xp 2,395 XP
07/06/2021

I can never tell what this little guy likes, but it does like direct sunlight, but it doesn’t grow in indirect sun, the soil drains too quickly, and once it starts browning it spreads

Browns easily Browns easily
Sagemduffy avatar
@Sagemduffy
leaf-1 5 Plants
xp 173 XP
globe Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
06/12/2021

dislike it died fast

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