Plant Care Ostrich fern

Ostrich fern

Also known as

Matteuccia, Fiddlehead fern and Shuttlecock fern


Matteuccia struthiopteris

How to care for Ostrich fern


How often to water your Ostrich fern

Water needs for Ostrich fern
0.5 cups
every 9

Ostrich 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 Ostrich fern

Water 0.5 cups every

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

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Finding light for Ostrich fern in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Ostrich fern: 6ft from a window
6ft or less from
a window

Ostrich 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 💪.

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How to fertilize Ostrich fern

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

Difficulty Level

Ostrich fern is generally easy to care for, though some plant parents report facing challenges with growing it. Check out the reviews down below to read more about their experiences!

Water Needs
Sunlight Needs
Growth Pattern
Growing Outdoors

Care Summary for Ostrich fern

Ostrich fern

Ostrich 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.

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