Plant Care Crocodile Fern

Crocodile Fern

4.5 out of 5 (12 experiences)

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

Also known as

Crocodyllus Fern and Alligator Fern

Taxonomy

Microsorum musifolium 'Crocodyllus'
Microsorum
Polypodiaceae
Polypodiales

How to care for Crocodile Fern

💦 Water

How often to water your Crocodile Fern

Water needs for Crocodile Fern
0.5 cups
every 9

Crocodile 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 Crocodile Fern

Water 0.5 cups every
9

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

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5"
☀️ Light

Finding light for Crocodile Fern in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Crocodile Fern: 6ft from a window
6ft or less from
a window

Crocodile Fern can tolerate being far from a window and light source.

Place it less than 6 feet from a south-facing window to ensure it receives enough light to survive 💪.

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

🪴 Nutrients

How to fertilize Crocodile Fern

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

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💡 FAQs
💦 Water Needs

Crocodile Fern prefers for the soil to dry out between waterings and should be watered regularly. Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.

Crocodile Fern Water Frequency →

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☀️ Sunlight Needs

Crocodile Fern can tolerate being far from a window and light source. Place it less than 6 feet from a south-facing 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 🏡.

Crocodile Fern Light Requirements →

Crocodile Fern Direct Sunlight Needs & Tolerance →


🐶 🐈 👶 Toxicity

Greg does not have confirmed data on this plant’s toxicity. If you, a family member, or a pet consumes plant material of unknown toxicity, it’s always best to consult a medical professional.

If you or someone else ingested this plant, call Poison Control at US (800) 222-1222. If a pet consumed this plant, contact your veterinarian or the ASPCA at US (888) 426-4435.

Crocodile Fern Toxicity to Cats →


💨 Humidity

Crocodile Fern enjoys lots of humidity. Provide humidity for your plant by watering regularly and thoroughly, since plants absorb most water through their root system rather than their leaves. They may also benefit from being placed next to a humidifier.

Crocodile Fern Humidity Needs →


🪴 Soil

Crocodile 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.

When and How to Successfully Repot Crocodile Fern →


💩 Fertilizer

Crocodile 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!

How Much and When to Fertilize Crocodile Fern →


🌎 Native Region

Crocodile Fern is native to Temperate and Tropical Old World.


🌱 Propagation

Crocodile 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

How to Propagate Crocodile Fern →


🧐 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 Crocodile Fern

Crocodile Fern

Crocodile Fern


Greg recommends:

Water

0.5 cups every 9 days

Placement

< 6ft 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

Crocodile Fern has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves 9
Crocodile Fern has a Survivor plant personality Survivor 4
Crocodile Fern has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower 3
Crocodile Fern has a Browns easily plant personality Browns easily 3
@RJG avatar
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leaf-1 136 Plants
xp 203,615 XP
globe Austin, TX
12/02/2021

very cool looking fern!

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Survivor Survivor
@Relle avatar
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leaf-1 19 Plants
xp 540 XP
globe Watanobbi, New South Wales
10/11/2021

It is a pretty fern with limey green coloured and interesting patterned leaves. It does need some humidity though the ends of the leaves will go crispy without it. I have grouped my humidity loving plants together to form a micro climate which seems better for my crocodile fern.

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
@AshinByAlex avatar
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leaf-1 66 Plants
xp 4,630 XP
globe Vallejo, CA
06/14/2021

Sun? Sure. Shade? Alright. Water me often? Ok cool. Wager me sometimes? Thats chill. This guy does not g a single f what u do with him.

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Fast grower Fast grower
Survivor Survivor
@Madifivetwo avatar
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leaf-1 4 Plants
xp 77 XP
05/18/2021

It’s taken me a while to figure out a good watering schedule for this one. Leaves wilt and dry easily but are super resilient and come back just as easy!

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Survivor Survivor

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