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

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 having large, lush leaves and a fast grower with only 28 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.


Polystichum acrostichoides

Also known as

Christmas Dagger and Christmas Dagger Fern

How to care for Christmas Fern


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 located in Chicago, Illinois.

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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Check the growing potential in your area

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

Plant care guide for Christmas Fern in Chicago, Illinois

Chicago, Illinois

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Growing Christmas Fern in Chicago right now

Light needs for plant Christmas Fern in Chicago, Illinois

Plant growth potential is currently very low 📉

December 5th, 2021

Sunlight intensity as measured by “net radiation” in Chicago is currently very low 📉.

The availability of high quality sunlight in your home impacts ability for plants to thrive and is key in dete…

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Light needs for plant Christmas Fern in Chicago, Illinois

Sunlight intensity will decrease by 28.3% ☀️

December 5th, 2021

Chicago is trending towards lower sunlight intensity!

The amount of sunlight in Chicago is expected to decrease by 28.3% over the next 2 weeks to an average of 5.9 megajoules of energy per m2 per …

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Light needs for plant Christmas Fern in Chicago, Illinois

Daylight will decrease by 1.0 hours 📉

December 5th, 2021

This month, Chicago is getting an average of 7.3 hours of clear sky sunlight per day.

Hours of daylight will decrease by 10.4% over the next two weeks. Your plants will get 9.0 total hours of dayl…

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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 ensure it receives enough light to survive during this time of reduced sunlight intensity in Chicago, Illinois ⛅.

Christmas Fern does not tolerate low-light 🚫.


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.

When to repot Christmas Fern

Nutrient needs for plant Christmas Fern in Chicago, Illinois

Is this a good time of year to repot? No ⏳

December 4th, 2021

The growing potential in Chicago is very low 📉.

Repotting in late fall or winter when the day lengths are shorter can be very stressful for a plant and cause it to go into shock.

It's best to …

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Difficulty Level

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

Water Needs
Sunlight Needs
Growth Pattern
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Care Summary for Christmas Fern

Christmas Fern

Christmas Fern

Greg recommends:


0.5 cups every 7 days


< 1ft from a window


Repot after 2x growth

Based on your location in Chicago, Illinois, 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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