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.


Matteuccia struthiopteris

Also known as

Matteuccia, Fiddlehead fern and Shuttlecock fern

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 located in Madison, Wisconsin.

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

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

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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 Madison, Wisconsin

Madison, Wisconsin

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Growing Ostrich fern in Madison right now

Light needs for plant Ostrich fern in Madison, Wisconsin

Plant growth potential is currently very low 📉

November 30th, 2021

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

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

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Light needs for plant Ostrich fern in Madison, Wisconsin

Sunlight intensity will decrease by 32.9% ☀️

November 30th, 2021

Madison is trending towards lower sunlight intensity!

The amount of sunlight in Madison is expected to decrease by 32.9% over the next 2 weeks to an average of 5.6 megajoules of energy per m2 per …

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Light needs for plant Ostrich fern in Madison, Wisconsin

Daylight will decrease by 1.3 hours 📉

November 30th, 2021

This month, Madison is getting an average of 7.5 hours of clear sky sunlight per day.

Hours of daylight will decrease by 12.5% over the next two weeks. Your plants will get 8.8 total hours of dayl…

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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 💪.

We wouldn’t recommend testing its limits during this time of reduced sunlight intensity in Madison, Wisconsin ⛅.


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 Madison, Wisconsin

Is this a good time of year to repot? No ⏳

November 28th, 2021

The growing potential in Madison is very low 📉.

Repotting in late fall or winter when the day lengths are shorter can be very stressful for a plant and cause it to go into shock.

It's best to …

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

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