Plant Care Leatherleaf Fern

Leatherleaf Fern

3.7 out of 5 (7 experiences)

Leatherleaf Fern has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower

Also known as

Leather Fern


Rumohra adiantiformis

How to care for Leatherleaf Fern


How often to water your Leatherleaf Fern

Water needs for Leatherleaf Fern
0.5 cups
every 9

Leatherleaf 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 Leatherleaf Fern

Water 0.5 cups every

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Finding light for Leatherleaf Fern in your home

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

Leatherleaf 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 Leatherleaf Fern in your home 🏡.


How to fertilize Leatherleaf Fern

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

Difficulty Level

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

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Care Summary for Leatherleaf Fern

Leatherleaf Fern

Leatherleaf Fern

Greg recommends:


0.5 cups every 9 days


< 6ft 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

Leatherleaf Fern has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower 4
Leatherleaf Fern has a Survivor plant personality Survivor 3
Leatherleaf Fern has a Browns easily plant personality Browns easily 3
Leatherleaf Fern has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves 2
Leatherleaf Fern has a Easy to propagate plant personality Easy to propagate 1
Leatherleaf Fern has a Blooms easily plant personality Blooms easily 1
El.oh.el avatar
leaf-1 1 Plants
xp 231 XP

It can die easily but it’s just as easy to grow it back and it looks cool🧮

Fast grower Fast grower
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Relle avatar
leaf-1 19 Plants
xp 481 XP
globe Watanobbi, New South Wales

Very easy to look after. Very pretty plant but she is very thirsty.

Fast grower Fast grower
Survivor Survivor
Semi_skimmed_milk avatar
leaf-1 5 Plants
xp 174 XP

ive had it for a year now and it just constantly is getting browner and browner, the internet says that i need to mist it more but i do daily so…

Browns easily Browns easily
Dyłan avatar
leaf-1 12 Plants
xp 225 XP
globe Santa Monica, CA

I bought this plant forever ago, and slowly no matter how much care it’s slowly dying and ALL new growth dies from the top down. It is very difficult to take care of and defiantly not going to get another.

Browns easily Browns easily

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