Plant Care Christmas Fern

Christmas Fern

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Christmas Fern has a Survivor plant personality Survivor
Christmas Fern has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves

About Christmas Fern

Christmas Fern is a relatively rare houseplant 🌿 that is easy to grow and needs lots of water to thrive. They do best in long-lasting, direct light ☀️ and should be less than 1 foot from a window.

Plant parents describe this plant as being a survivor and having large, lush leaves with only 83 being grown with Greg around the world. Check out the reviews below for more details!🌟

Christmas Fern likes soil that is good at retaining moisture. Your plant shouldn't need added fertilizers if you repot each time it doubles in size.

Christmas Fern belongs to the Polystichum genus, and is native to Eastern Canada to Mexico.

Taxonomy

Polystichum acrostichoides
Polystichum
Dryopteridaceae
Polypodiales

Also known as

Christmas Dagger and Christmas Dagger Fern

How to care for Christmas Fern

💦 Water

How often to water your Christmas Fern

Water needs for Christmas Fern
0.5 cups
every 7

Christmas Fern needs 0.5 cups of water every 7 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
7

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

Select the pot size

5"
☀️ Light

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 🏡.

🪴 Nutrients

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.

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💡 FAQs
⭐ Difficulty Level

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

Benefits of Growing Christmas Fern →

Common Christmas Fern Problems →


💦 Water Needs

Christmas Fern is sensitive to dry soil and should be watered frequently. Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.

Christmas Fern Water Frequency →

Christmas Fern Root Rot →


☀️ Sunlight Needs

Christmas Fern requires abundant, bright and direct light. Place it less than one foot from a window to ensure it receives enough light to survive 💪. Select your region to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement in your home 🏡.

Christmas Fern Light Requirements →

Christmas Fern Direct Sunlight Needs & Tolerance →


🐶 🐈 👶 Toxicity

Christmas 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.


🪴 Soil

Christmas 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.

Best Soil Mix for Christmas Fern →

When and How to Successfully Repot Christmas Fern →


💩 Fertilizer

Christmas 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!


⬆️ ⬇️ Growth Pattern

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

How and When to Prune Christmas Fern →


🌦️ Growing Outdoors

USDA Hardiness Zone
Christmas Fern can be grown outdoors in USDA Hardiness Zones 3a-9b. Find your local hardiness zone here.

Christmas Fern Temperature Tolerance →


🌱 Propagation

Christmas 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 Christmas Fern

Christmas Fern

Christmas Fern


Greg recommends:

Water

0.5 cups every 7 days

Placement

< 1ft 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

Christmas Fern has a Survivor plant personality Survivor 3
Christmas Fern has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves 3
Christmas Fern has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower 2
Christmas Fern has a Easy to propagate plant personality Easy to propagate 1
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.

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