Plant Care Brake Fern

Brake Fern

2.9 out of 5 (7 experiences)

Brake Fern has a Browns easily plant personality Browns easily

Also known as

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


Pteris ensiformis

How to care for Brake Fern


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

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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.

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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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Care Summary for Brake Fern

Brake Fern

Brake Fern

Greg recommends:


0.5 cups every 9 days


< 3ft from a window


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 Survivor plant personality Survivor 1
Marblequeen avatar
leaf-1 23 Plants
xp 562 XP
globe Columbus, OH

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
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leaf-1 107 Plants
xp 4,160 XP

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
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leaf-1 5 Plants
xp 247 XP
globe Philadelphia, PA

dislike it died fast

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