Plant Care Phlebodium Areolatum

Phlebodium Areolatum

4.1 out of 5 (14 experiences)

Phlebodium Areolatum has a Survivor plant personality Survivor
Phlebodium Areolatum has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves

Also known as

Virginia Blue Fern, Virginia Blue Fern, Blue Star Fern and Blue Rabbit's Foot Fern


Phlebodium areolatum

How to care for Phlebodium Areolatum


How often to water your Phlebodium Areolatum

Water needs for Phlebodium Areolatum
0.5 cups
every 9

Phlebodium Areolatum 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 Phlebodium Areolatum

Water 0.5 cups every

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Finding light for Virginia Blue Fern in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Phlebodium Areolatum: 3ft from a window
3ft or less from
a window

Phlebodium Areolatum 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 Phlebodium Areolatum

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

Difficulty Level

Phlebodium Areolatum 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
Native Region
Growth Pattern
Growing Outdoors
Yellow Leaves

Care Summary for Phlebodium Areolatum

Phlebodium Areolatum

Phlebodium Areolatum

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.

What other plant parents say

Phlebodium Areolatum has a Survivor plant personality Survivor 9
Phlebodium Areolatum has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves 7
Phlebodium Areolatum has a Browns easily plant personality Browns easily 6
Phlebodium Areolatum has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower 4
Phlebodium Areolatum has a Easy to propagate plant personality Easy to propagate 1
Darrell avatar
leaf-1 9 Plants
xp 145 XP
globe Wadsworth, OH

Newby but with control of the water and misting it’s been beautiful!

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
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leaf-1 4 Plants
xp 91 XP
globe Oxenholme, England

Make sure the soil is always moist. It can survive in darker rooms but does well in bathrooms/bedrooms (humidity n heat and stuff) Honestly just love these plants and their little fuzzy roots :)

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Fast grower Fast grower
Survivor Survivor
@oprah_rynfrey avatar
leaf-1 54 Plants
xp 1,218 XP
globe Chicago, IL

I love this plant. Very easy to care for with adequate sun and water ~ mine noticeably perks up when I water it! Deep green kangaroo paw leaves carry a faint smell of cinnamon.

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Survivor Survivor
Browns easily Browns easily

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