Plant Care Wood Fern

Wood Fern


Dryopteris celsa

How to care for Wood Fern


How often to water your Wood Fern

Water needs for Wood Fern
0.5 cups
every 9

Wood 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 Wood Fern

Water 0.5 cups every

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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 Wood Fern in your home

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

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

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

Wood Fern does not tolerate low-light 🚫.

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


How to fertilize Wood Fern

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

Difficulty Level

Wood 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 Wood Fern

Wood Fern

Wood 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.

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