Plant Care Broad Beech Fern

Broad Beech Fern

About Broad Beech Fern

Broad Beech Fern is a native fern that prefers moist, rich, well-drained, acidic soils in partial to deep shade. It can sometimes be found in sunny open areas with dry or semi-moist soil. The deciduous leaves are produced directly from the shallow rhizomes in spring. The fronds of this plant are 10-30" long and spread out in rows or loose clusters.


Phegopteris hexagonoptera

How to care for Broad Beech Fern


How often to water your Broad Beech Fern

Water needs for Broad Beech Fern
0.5 cups
every 9

Broad Beech 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

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Finding light for Broad Beech Fern in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Broad Beech Fern: 3ft from a window
3ft or less from
a window

Broad Beech 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 Broad Beech Fern

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

Difficulty Level

Broad Beech Fern is generally considered an easy-to-care-for plant and makes a great choice for beginners!

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Care Summary for Broad Beech Fern

Broad Beech 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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