Plant Care Oak fern

Oak fern

Also known as

Western oakfern, Common oak fern and Northern oak fern


Gymnocarpium dryopteris

How to care for Oak fern


How often to water your Oak fern

Water needs for Oak fern
0.5 cups
every 9

Oak 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 Oak fern

Water 0.5 cups every

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Finding light for Oak fern in your home

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

Oak 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 Oak fern

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

Care Summary for Oak fern

Oak fern

Oak 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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