Plant Care Cotton Candy Fern

Cotton Candy Fern

Taxonomy

Nephrolepis exaltata 'Smithii'
Nephrolepis
Nephrolepidaceae
Polypodiales

How to care for Cotton Candy Fern

💦 Water

How often to water your Cotton Candy Fern

Water needs for Cotton Candy Fern
0.5 cups
every 7

Cotton Candy Fern needs 0.5 cups of water every 7 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 Cotton Candy Fern

Water 0.5 cups every
7

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5"
☀️ Light

Finding light for Cotton Candy Fern in your home

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

Cotton Candy 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 Cotton Candy Fern in your home 🏡.

🪴 Nutrients

How to fertilize Cotton Candy Fern

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

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💡 FAQs
💦 Water Needs

Cotton Candy Fern is sensitive to dry soil and should be watered frequently. Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.

Cotton Candy Fern Water Frequency →

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☀️ Sunlight Needs

Cotton Candy 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 in your home 🏡.

Cotton Candy Fern Light Requirements →

Cotton Candy Fern Direct Sunlight Needs & Tolerance →


🐶 🐈 👶 Toxicity

Greg does not have confirmed data on this plant’s toxicity. If you, a family member, or a pet consumes plant material of unknown toxicity, it’s always best to consult a medical professional.

If you or someone else ingested this plant, call Poison Control at US (800) 222-1222. If a pet consumed this plant, contact your veterinarian or the ASPCA at US (888) 426-4435.


💨 Humidity

Cotton Candy Fern prefers dry environments. Providing extra humidity or misting your plant allows water to linger on leaves, which can create the perfect environment for harmful types of fungi.

Cotton Candy Fern Humidity Needs →


🪴 Soil

Cotton Candy Fern does best in well-draining soil. A good soil will contain lots of organic matter such as coco coir as well as perlite or vermiculite to help with drainage. Adding a handful of perlite to regular store-bought potting soil should do the trick!

Best Soil Mix for Cotton Candy Fern →

When and How to Successfully Repot Cotton Candy Fern →


💩 Fertilizer

Cotton Candy Fern should be repotted after it doubles in size or once a year, whichever comes first. Fresh potting soil has all the nutrients your plant needs, so as long as it’s refreshed yearly, you shouldn’t need to use fertilizer. Remember, plants get their energy from sunlight, not fertilizer!


❄️ Dormancy

It’s common for Cotton Candy Fern to go dormant in the wintertime and you may notice their growth slow down. Waterings should be spaced out more during this time.


🌎 Native Region

Cotton Candy Fern is native to Worldwide.


🧐 Troubleshooting

When troubleshooting a sad-looking houseplant, start by checking for signs of distress in its leaves, such as yellowing, browning, or drooping, which can indicate overwatering or nutrient deficiencies.

Inspect the soil moisture; too dry or too wet soil can cause problems.

Ensure the plant is getting the right amount of light, as too much or too little can stress it.

Finally, consider environmental factors like temperature and humidity, and adjust care routines accordingly to revive your plant.


Care Summary for Cotton Candy Fern

Cotton Candy Fern

Cotton Candy Fern


Greg recommends:

Water

0.5 cups every 7 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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