Plant Care Matteuccia

Matteuccia

About Matteuccia

This easy to grow fern has an erect crown and stout, erect rhizome. It needs partial to full shade but tolerates sun with cool temperatures and adequate moisture.

Taxonomy

Onoclea struthiopteris
Onoclea
Onocleaceae
Polypodiales

Also known as

Matteuccia, Matteuccia struthiopteris, ostrich fern, fiddlehead fern, shuttlecock fern and Matteuccia struthiopteris

How to care for Matteuccia

💦 Water

How often to water your Matteuccia

Water needs for Matteuccia
0.5 cups
every 9

Matteuccia 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 Matteuccia

Water 0.5 cups every
9

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

Select the pot size

5"
☀️ Light

Finding light for Matteuccia in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Matteuccia: 1ft from a window
1ft or less from
a window

Matteuccia love being close to bright, sunny windows 😎.

Place it less than 1ft from a south-facing window to maximize the potential for growth.

Matteuccia does not tolerate low-light 🚫.

Select your region to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement of Matteuccia in your home 🏡.

🪴 Nutrients

How to fertilize Matteuccia

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

💡 FAQs
⭐ Difficulty Level

Matteuccia 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!

Benefits of Growing Matteuccia →

Common Matteuccia Problems →


💦 Water Needs

Matteuccia prefers for the soil to dry out between waterings and should be watered regularly. Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.

Matteuccia Water Frequency →

Matteuccia Root Rot →


☀️ Sunlight Needs

Matteuccia requires abundant, bright and direct light. Place it less than one foot from a 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 🏡.

Matteuccia Light Requirements →

Matteuccia 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.


🪴 Soil

Matteuccia 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 Matteuccia →

When and How to Successfully Repot Matteuccia →


💩 Fertilizer

Matteuccia 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!


⬆️ ⬇️ Growth Pattern

Matteuccia grows vertically and new growth will emerge from the top of the plant.

How and When to Prune Matteuccia →


🌦️ Growing Outdoors

USDA Hardiness Zone
Matteuccia can be grown outdoors in USDA Hardiness Zones 3a-8b. Find your local hardiness zone here.

Matteuccia Temperature Tolerance →


🌱 Propagation


🧐 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 Matteuccia

Matteuccia

Matteuccia


Greg recommends:

Water

0.5 cups every 9 days

Placement

< 1ft 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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