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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 83 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.

Taxonomy

Athyrium niponicum
Athyrium
Athyriaceae
Polypodiales

Also known as

Anisocampium niponicum

How to care for Japanese Painted Fern

💦 Water

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
9

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

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5"
☀️ Light

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.

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

🪴 Nutrients

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.

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💡 FAQs
⭐ Difficulty Level

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

Benefits of Growing Japanese Painted Fern →

Common Japanese Painted Fern Problems →


☀️ Sunlight Needs

Japanese Painted Fern may have difficulty thriving and will drop leaves 🍃 without ample sunlight. Place it less than 3 feet from a window to maximize the potential for growth. Select your region to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement in your home 🏡.

Japanese Painted Fern Light Requirements →

Japanese Painted 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.


🪴 Soil

Japanese Painted Fern does best in well-draining soil. A good soil will contain lots of organic matter such as coco coir as well as perlite or vermiculite to help with drainage. Adding a handful of perlite to regular store-bought potting soil should do the trick!

Best Soil Mix for Japanese Painted Fern →

When and How to Successfully Repot Japanese Painted Fern →


💩 Fertilizer

Japanese Painted Fern should be repotted after it doubles in size or once a year, whichever comes first. Fresh potting soil has all the nutrients your plant needs, so as long as it’s refreshed yearly, you shouldn’t need to use fertilizer. Remember, plants get their energy from sunlight, not fertilizer!


⬆️ ⬇️ Growth Pattern

Japanese Painted Fern is a clumping plant, meaning new growth will emerge from the soil around the parent plant.

How and When to Prune Japanese Painted Fern →


🌦️ Growing Outdoors

USDA Hardiness Zone
Japanese Painted Fern can be grown outdoors in USDA Hardiness Zones 4a-9b. Find your local hardiness zone here.

Japanese Painted Fern Temperature Tolerance →


🌱 Propagation

Japanese Painted Fern can be propagated by division into new individual plants.

  • Check to see if there is more than one plant. In some cases they may still be beneath the soil surface. If you feel confident, you may remove the soil to check for baby plantlets below!
  • If there are multiple plants growing, unpot the plant and gently tug the plants apart, being careful not to disturb too many of the roots. They may be connected by large root segments which you may need to break to free the plantlet.
  • Pot up the new plant in well-draining soil
  • Repot the parent plant back into its original pot

🧐 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 Japanese Painted Fern

Japanese Painted Fern

Japanese Painted Fern


Greg recommends:

Water

0.5 cups every 9 days

Placement

< 3ft 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

Japanese Painted Fern has a Survivor plant personality Survivor 1
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