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Japanese Painted Fern

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About Japanese Painted Fern

Japanese Painted Fern is a relatively rare houseplant 🌿 that is easy to grow and They do best in abundant sunlight ☀ and should be less than 3 feet from a window.

Plant parents describe this plant as being a survivor with only 39 being grown with Greg around the world. Check out the reviews below for more details!🌟

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

Japanese Painted Fern belongs to the Athyrium genus, and is native to Eastern Asia.


Athyrium niponicum

Also known as

Anisocampium niponicum

How to care for Japanese Painted Fern


How often to water your Japanese Painted Fern

Water needs for Japanese Painted Fern
0.5 cups
every 9

Japanese Painted 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 Japanese Painted Fern

Water 0.5 cups every

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Finding light for Japanese Painted Fern in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Japanese Painted Fern: 3ft from a window
3ft or less from
a window

Japanese Painted 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 Japanese Painted Fern

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

Difficulty Level

Japanese Painted 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 Painted Fern

Japanese Painted Fern

Japanese Painted 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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