Plant Care California Cloak Fern

California Cloak Fern

Also known as

Aleuritopteris cretacea, Aleuritopteris cretacea nigrescens, Cheilanthes cretacea, Cheilanthes deserti, Chrysochosma californica, Hemionitis fantastica, Notholaena albida, Notholaena californica accessita, Notholaena californica nigrescens, Notholaena candida accessita, Notholaena sulphurea accessita and Notholaena sulphurea californica


Notholaena californica

How to care for California Cloak Fern


How often to water your California Cloak Fern

Water needs for California Cloak Fern
0.5 cups
every 9

California Cloak 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.

Water 0.5 cups every

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

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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 California Cloak Fern in your home

Light needs and placement for plant California Cloak Fern: 3ft from a window
3ft or less from
a window

California Cloak Fern may have difficulty thriving, and will drop leaves 🍃, without ample sunlight.

Place it less than 3 feet from a south-facing window to maximize the potential for growth.

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How to fertilize California Cloak Fern

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

Water Needs
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Care Summary for California Cloak Fern

California Cloak Fern

Greg recommends:


0.5 cups every 9 days


< 3ft 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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