Plant Care Male-fern


Also known as

Male fern and Worm fern


Dryopteris filix-mas

How to care for Male-fern


How often to water your Male-fern

Water needs for Male-fern
0.5 cups
every 9

Male-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 Male-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 Male-fern in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Male-fern: 3ft from a window
3ft or less from
a window

Male-fern may have difficulty thriving, and will drop leaves 🍃, without ample sunlight.

Place it less than 3 feet from a south-facing window to maximize the potential for growth.

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How to fertilize Male-fern

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

Care Summary for Male-fern



Greg recommends:


0.5 cups every 9 days


< 3ft 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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