Plant Care Brake Fern

Brake Fern

2.9 out of 5 (7 experiences)

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Also known as

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

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?

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5"
☀️ Light

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.

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💡 FAQs
💦 Water Needs

Brake 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.

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☀️ Sunlight Needs

Brake 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 🏡.

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🐶 🐈 👶 Toxicity

Greg does not have confirmed data on this plant’s toxicity. If you, a family member, or a pet consumes plant material of unknown toxicity, it’s always best to consult a medical professional.

If you or someone else ingested this plant, call Poison Control at US (800) 222-1222. If a pet consumed this plant, contact your veterinarian or the ASPCA at US (888) 426-4435.

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💨 Humidity

Brake 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.

Brake Fern Humidity Needs →


🪴 Soil

Brake 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.

When and How to Successfully Repot Brake Fern →


💩 Fertilizer

Brake 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 Brake Fern →


🌎 Native Region

Brake Fern is native to Tropical and Subtropical regions worldwide.


🌱 Propagation

Brake 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

🧐 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 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

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@marblequeen avatar
@@marblequeen
leaf-1 23 Plants
xp 562 XP
globe Columbus, OH
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
@cat.heinen avatar
@@cat.heinen
leaf-1 107 Plants
xp 4,160 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 247 XP
globe Philadelphia, PA
06/12/2021

dislike it died fast

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