Plant Care Christmas Fern

Christmas Fern

4.8 out of 5 (4 experiences)

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 53 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 Jacksonville, Florida.

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?

Select the pot size


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 Jacksonville, Florida

Jacksonville, Florida

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Growing Christmas Fern in Jacksonville right now

Light needs for plant Christmas Fern in Jacksonville, Florida

Plant growth potential is currently medium 👌

January 26th, 2023

Sunlight energy as measured by “net radiation” in Jacksonville is currently medium 👌.

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 Jacksonville, Florida

Sunlight will increase by 20.6% ☀️

January 25th, 2023

Jacksonville is trending towards greater sunlight intensity!

The amount of sunlight in Jacksonville is expected to increase by 20.6% over the next 2 weeks to an average of 11.8 megajoules of energ…

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Light needs for plant Christmas Fern in Jacksonville, Florida

Daylight will increase by 0.6 hours 📈

January 26th, 2023

This month, Jacksonville is getting an average of 7.8 hours of clear sky sunlight per day.

Hours of daylight will increase by 6.2% over the next two weeks. Your plants will get 10.8 total hours of…

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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 Jacksonville, Florida ⛅.

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.

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
Growing Outdoors

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 Jacksonville, Florida, 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.

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

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