Plant Care Heart Leaf Fern

Heart Leaf Fern

2.8 out of 5 (5 experiences)

Heart Leaf Fern has a Browns easily plant personality Browns easily
Heart Leaf Fern has a Blooms easily plant personality Blooms easily

Also known as

Heart Fern, Heart Fern and Tongue Fern


Hemionitis arifolia

How to care for Heart Leaf Fern


How often to water your Heart Leaf Fern

Water needs for Heart Leaf Fern
0.5 cups
every 9

Heart Leaf 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 Heart Leaf Fern

Water 0.5 cups every

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

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Finding light for Heart Fern in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Heart Leaf Fern: 3ft from a window
3ft or less from
a window

Heart Leaf 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.

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


How to fertilize Heart Leaf Fern

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

Water Needs
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Care Summary for Heart Leaf Fern

Heart Leaf Fern

Heart Leaf 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.

What other plant parents say

Heart Leaf Fern has a Browns easily plant personality Browns easily 4
Heart Leaf Fern has a Blooms easily plant personality Blooms easily 1
Heart Leaf Fern has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves 1
Heart Leaf Fern has a Pest magnet plant personality Pest magnet 1
Heart Leaf Fern has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower 1
Lacy avatar
leaf-1 7 Plants
xp 131 XP
globe Austin, Texas

Super sensitive to over and under watering.

Blooms easily Blooms easily
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leaf-1 54 Plants
xp 2,399 XP
globe Minneapolis, Minnesota

This plant was so lovely when I brought it home from the nursery for like three days and since then I can’t make it happy. The once-gorgeous leaves are now crispy and dried up even though I’m still tending to it and it’s not dead. Very finicky

Browns easily Browns easily
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
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leaf-1 44 Plants
xp 952 XP
globe Santa Clarita, California

I want to like my heart fern so bad but it’s constantly browning and dying. It won’t grow. I have it in the shade and it still dries up constantly. What am I doing wrong with this plant lol

Browns easily Browns easily

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