Plant Care Ostrich fern

Ostrich fern

About Ostrich fern

Ostrich fern is a super rare houseplant 🌿 that is isn’t challenging to grow and needs regular watering to thrive. They do best in moderate sunlight 🌤 and should be less than 6 feet from a window.

Ostrich fern belongs to the matteuccia genus, and is native to Europe, Eastern Asia, and Eastern North America.

Taxonomy

Matteuccia struthiopteris
Matteuccia
Onocleaceae
Polypodiales

Also known as

Matteuccia, Fiddlehead fern and Shuttlecock fern

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 located in Dallas, Texas.

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?

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5"
Light

Check the growing potential in your area

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

Plant care guide for Ostrich fern in Dallas, Texas

Dallas, Texas

55% Medium

Growing Ostrich fern in Dallas right now

Light needs for plant Ostrich fern in Dallas, Texas

Plant growth potential is currently low 📉

November 30th, 2021

Sunlight intensity as measured by “net radiation” in Dallas is currently low 📉.

The availability of high quality sunlight in your home impacts ability for plants to thrive and is key in determinin…

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Light needs for plant Ostrich fern in Dallas, Texas

Sunlight intensity will decrease by 23% ☀️

November 28th, 2021

Dallas is trending towards lower sunlight intensity!

The amount of sunlight in Dallas is expected to decrease by 23% over the next 2 weeks to an average of 9.4 megajoules of energy per m2 per day!…

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Light needs for plant Ostrich fern in Dallas, Texas

Daylight will decrease by 0.8 hours 📉

December 1st, 2021

This month, Dallas is getting an average of 9.1 hours of clear sky sunlight per day.

Hours of daylight will decrease by 7.7% over the next two weeks. Your plants will get 9.9 total hours of daylig…

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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 💪.️

Dallas, Texas currently has medium levels of sunlight intensity, you can help ensure this plant has adequate ingredients for growth by treating it to ample light ☀️.

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.

When to repot Ostrich fern

Nutrient needs for plant Ostrich fern in Dallas, Texas

Is this a good time of year to repot? Yes! 🪴

November 29th, 2021

The growing potential in Dallas is medium 👌.

It's best to repot plants during their active growing periods when they have the energy to re-establish their roots! This is a great time to repot any …

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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!


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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 your location in Dallas, Texas, the 4” pot your plant is in, and that it doesn’t get direct sunlight.

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