Plant Care Japanese Lace Fern

Japanese Lace Fern

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Japanese Lace Fern has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves

About Japanese Lace Fern

Japanese Lace Fern is a relatively rare houseplant 🌿 that is easy to grow and needs lots of water to thrive. They do best in long-lasting, direct light ☀️ and should be less than 1 foot from a window.

Plant parents describe this plant as having large, lush leaves with only 34 being grown with Greg around the world. Check out the reviews below for more details!🌟

Japanese Lace Fern likes soil that is good at retaining moisture. Your plant shouldn't need added fertilizers if you repot each time it doubles in size.

Japanese Lace Fern belongs to the Polystichum genus, and is native to China, South Korea and Japan.


Polystichum polyblepharum

Also known as

Tassel Fern, Korean Tassel Fern and Polystichum polyblepharu.m

How to care for Japanese Lace Fern


How often to water your Japanese Lace Fern

Water needs for Japanese Lace Fern
0.5 cups
every 7

Japanese Lace Fern needs 0.5 cups of water every 7 when it doesn’t get direct sunlight and is potted in a 5" pot located in San Francisco, California.

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 Japanese Lace Fern

Water 0.5 cups every

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Check the growing potential in your area

A plant's growing potential is determined from its location, the time of year, and current local weather.

Plant care guide for Japanese Lace Fern in San Francisco, California

San Francisco, California

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Growing Japanese Lace Fern in San Francisco right now

Light needs for plant Japanese Lace Fern in San Francisco, California

Plant growth potential is currently low 📉

January 28th, 2023

Sunlight intensity as measured by “net radiation” in San Francisco is currently low 📉.

The availability of high quality sunlight in your home impacts ability for plants to thrive and is key in det…

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Light needs for plant Japanese Lace Fern in San Francisco, California

Sunlight will increase by 33.1% ☀️

January 29th, 2023

San Francisco is trending towards greater sunlight intensity!

The amount of sunlight in San Francisco is expected to increase by 33.1% over the next 2 weeks to an average of 11.0 megajoules of ene…

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Light needs for plant Japanese Lace Fern in San Francisco, California

Daylight will increase by 0.9 hours 📈

January 29th, 2023

This month, San Francisco is getting an average of 8.3 hours of clear sky sunlight per day.

Hours of daylight will increase by 9.8% over the next two weeks. Your plants will get 10.5 total hours o…

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Finding light for Japanese Lace Fern in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Japanese Lace Fern: 1ft from a window
1ft or less from
a window

Japanese Lace Fern love being close to bright, sunny windows 😎.

Place it less than 1ft from a south-facing window to ensure it receives enough light to survive during this time of reduced sunlight intensity in San Francisco, California ⛅.

Japanese Lace Fern does not tolerate low-light 🚫.


How to fertilize Japanese Lace Fern

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

When to repot Japanese Lace Fern

Nutrient needs for plant Japanese Lace Fern in San Francisco, California

Is this a good time of year to repot? No ⏳

January 26th, 2023

The growing potential in San Francisco is low 📉.

Repotting in late fall or winter when the day lengths are shorter can be very stressful for a plant and cause it to go into shock.

It's best to…

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Difficulty Level

Japanese Lace Fern is generally considered an easy-to-care-for plant and makes a great choice for beginners!

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Care Summary for Japanese Lace Fern

Japanese Lace Fern

Japanese Lace Fern

Greg recommends:


0.5 cups every 7 days


< 1ft from a window


Repot after 2x growth

Based on your location in San Francisco, California, the 4” pot your plant is in, and that it doesn’t get direct sunlight.

What other plant parents say

Japanese Lace Fern has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves 1
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thrives in oregon in bright indirect light! leaves are shiny and look very healthy! she’s growing great :) <3

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