Plant Care Ostrich fern
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Ostrich fern

Also known as

Matteuccia, Fiddlehead fern and Shuttlecock fern

Taxonomy

Matteuccia struthiopteris
Matteuccia
Onocleaceae
Polypodiales

How to care for Ostrich fern

Water

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
9

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

Select the pot size

5"
Light

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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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Nutrients

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.

FAQs
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:

Water

0.5 cups every 9 days

Placement

< 6ft 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.

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