Plant Care Heart Leaf Fern

Heart Leaf Fern

3.1 out of 5 (7 experiences)

Heart Leaf Fern has a Browns easily plant personality Browns easily
Heart Leaf Fern has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower

Also known as

Heart Fern, Heart Fern and Tongue Fern

Taxonomy

Acrostichum arifolia
Acrostichum
Pteridaceae
Polypodiales

How to care for Heart Leaf Fern

💦 Water

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
9

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

Select the pot size

5"
☀️ Light

Finding light for Heart Fern in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Heart Leaf Fern: 6ft from a window
6ft or less from
a window

Heart Leaf Fern can tolerate being far from a window and light source.

Place it less than 6 feet from a south-facing window to ensure it receives enough light to survive 💪.

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

🪴 Nutrients

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.

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💡 FAQs
💦 Water Needs

Heart Leaf Fern prefers for the soil to dry out between waterings and should be watered regularly. Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.

Heart Fern Water Frequency →

Heart Fern Root Rot →


☀️ Sunlight Needs

Heart Leaf Fern can tolerate being far from a window and light source. Place it less than 6 feet from a south-facing window to ensure it receives enough light to survive 💪. Select your region to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement in your home 🏡.

Heart Fern Light Requirements →

Heart Fern Direct Sunlight Needs & Tolerance →


🐶 🐈 👶 Toxicity

Greg does not have confirmed data on this plant’s toxicity. If you, a family member, or a pet consumes plant material of unknown toxicity, it’s always best to consult a medical professional.

If you or someone else ingested this plant, call Poison Control at US (800) 222-1222. If a pet consumed this plant, contact your veterinarian or the ASPCA at US (888) 426-4435.


🧐 Troubleshooting

When troubleshooting a sad-looking houseplant, start by checking for signs of distress in its leaves, such as yellowing, browning, or drooping, which can indicate overwatering or nutrient deficiencies.

Inspect the soil moisture; too dry or too wet soil can cause problems.

Ensure the plant is getting the right amount of light, as too much or too little can stress it.

Finally, consider environmental factors like temperature and humidity, and adjust care routines accordingly to revive your plant.


Care Summary for Heart Leaf Fern

Heart Leaf Fern

Heart Leaf Fern


Greg recommends:

Water

0.5 cups every 9 days

Placement

< 6ft from a window

Nutrients

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 5
Heart Leaf Fern has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower 2
Heart Leaf Fern has a Survivor plant personality Survivor 1
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
@Glassfull avatar
@@Glassfull
leaf-1 42 Plants
xp 8,251 XP
globe Chesapeake, VA
01/23/2022

I love this plant. It has a lot of personality with its leaves and wire like stems. Like my other ferns, this fern requires some attention. It drinks a lot of water, requiring watering every 2-3 days. I keep it in a pot with drainage and check the soil every day with a chopstick. If it is almost dry I give it water. If you let it dry out completely between watering the leaves will curl up. If you get water to it fast enough they recover very quickly. If you aren’t able to tend to you plants daily, this is not the plant for you.

Fast grower Fast grower
Adrienne avatar
@Adrienne
leaf-1 3 Plants
xp 72 XP
globe Arcadia, CA
12/14/2021

Eh as much as I love this plant it kinda sucks. I've only ever had one leaf on it, it won't grow or die, so that's something. Honestly if anyone has advice for me I'll kinda do anything.

Survivor Survivor
Browns easily Browns easily
Lacy avatar
@Lacy
leaf-1 7 Plants
xp 131 XP
globe Austin, TX
09/14/2021

Super sensitive to over and under watering.

Blooms easily Blooms easily
@plantmawma avatar
@@plantmawma
leaf-1 46 Plants
xp 4,206 XP
globe Minneapolis, MN
07/16/2021

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
@Zoeeoee avatar
@@Zoeeoee
leaf-1 45 Plants
xp 962 XP
globe Santa Clarita, CA
05/29/2021

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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