Plant Care Christmas Fern

Christmas Fern

5.0 out of 5 (3 experiences)

Christmas Fern has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves
Christmas Fern has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower

Also known as

Christmas Dagger and Christmas Dagger Fern


Polystichum acrostichoides

How to care for Christmas Fern


How often to water your Christmas Fern

Water needs for Christmas Fern
0.5 cups
every 9

Christmas 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 Christmas Fern

Water 0.5 cups every

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

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A plant's growing potential is determined from its location, the time of year, and current local weather.

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Finding light for Christmas Fern in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Christmas Fern: 1ft from a window
1ft or less from
a window

Christmas Fern love being close to bright, sunny windows 😎.

Place it less than 1ft from a south-facing window to maximize the potential for growth.

Christmas Fern does not tolerate low-light 🚫.

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


How to fertilize Christmas Fern

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

Difficulty Level

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

Water Needs
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Care Summary for Christmas Fern

Christmas Fern

Christmas Fern

Greg recommends:


0.5 cups every 9 days


< 1ft 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

Christmas Fern has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves 2
Christmas Fern has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower 2
Christmas Fern has a Survivor plant personality Survivor 2
Christmas Fern has a Browns easily plant personality Browns easily 1
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This fern was a volunteer on the side of my felt eco pot. I keep it well watered, and it adds that prehistoric feel to my front porch.

Fast grower Fast grower
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Survivor Survivor

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