Plant Care Male-Fern


About Male-Fern

Male-Fern is a relatively 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.

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

Male-Fern belongs to the Dryopteris genus, and is native to the Temperate Northern Hemisphere.


Dryopteris filix-mas

Also known as

Male fern and Worm fern

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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Finding light for Male-Fern in your home

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

Male-Fern love being close to bright, sunny windows 😎.

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

Male-Fern does not tolerate low-light 🚫.

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


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.

Difficulty Level

Male-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 Male-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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