Plant Care Crested Wood Fern

Crested Wood Fern

About Crested Wood Fern

Crested Wood Fern is a super rare houseplant 🌿 that is easy to grow and needs regular watering to thrive. They do best in long-lasting, direct light ☀️ and should be less than 1 foot from a window.

Crested Wood Fern likes soil that is well draining. Your plant shouldn't need added fertilizers if you repot each time it doubles in size.

Crested Wood Fern belongs to the Dryopteris genus, and is native to Europe to Central Siberia, Canada to the United States.

Taxonomy

Dryopteris cristata
Dryopteris
Dryopteridaceae
Polypodiales

Also known as

Crested buckler-fern

How to care for Crested Wood Fern

Water

How often to water your Crested Wood Fern

Water needs for Crested Wood Fern
0.5 cups
every 9

Crested Wood Fern needs 0.5 cups of water every 9 when it doesn’t get direct sunlight and is potted in a 5" pot located in Austin, Texas.

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 Crested Wood Fern

Water 0.5 cups every
9

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

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5"
Light

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

Plant care guide for Crested Wood Fern in Austin, Texas

Austin, Texas

56% Medium

Growing Crested Wood Fern in Austin right now

Light needs for plant Crested Wood Fern in Austin, Texas

Plant growth potential is currently low 📉

December 1st, 2022

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

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

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Light needs for plant Crested Wood Fern in Austin, Texas

Sunlight will decrease by 20.2% ☀️

December 1st, 2022

Austin is trending towards lower sunlight intensity!

The amount of sunlight in Austin is expected to decrease by 20.2% over the next 2 weeks to an average of 9.8 megajoules of energy per m2 per da…

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Light needs for plant Crested Wood Fern in Austin, Texas

Daylight will decrease by 0.7 hours 📉

December 1st, 2022

This month, Austin is getting an average of 8.6 hours of clear sky sunlight per day.

Hours of daylight will decrease by 6.9% over the next two weeks. Your plants will get 10.1 total hours of dayli…

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Finding light for Crested Wood Fern in your home

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

Crested 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.

Crested Wood Fern does not tolerate low light 🚫.

Austin, Texas currently has medium levels of sunlight intensity, you can help this plant grow by treating it to ample light ☀️.

Nutrients

How to fertilize Crested Wood Fern

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

When to repot Crested Wood Fern

Nutrient needs for plant Crested Wood Fern in Austin, Texas

Is this a good time of year to repot? Yes! 🪴

November 28th, 2022

The growing potential in Austin is medium 👌.

It's best to repot plants during their active growing periods when they have the energy to re-establish their roots! This is a great time to repot any …

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FAQs
Difficulty Level

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


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Care Summary for Crested Wood Fern

Crested Wood Fern

Crested Wood Fern


Greg recommends:

Water

0.5 cups every 9 days

Placement

< 1ft from a window

Nutrients

Repot after 2x growth

Based on your location in Austin, Texas, the 4” pot your plant is in, and that it doesn’t get direct sunlight.

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