Plant Care Licorice fern

Licorice fern

Also known as

Many-footed fern and Sweet root


Polypodium glycyrrhiza

How to care for Licorice fern


How often to water your Licorice fern

Water needs for Licorice fern
0.5 cups
every 9

Licorice 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 Licorice fern in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Licorice fern: 3ft from a window
3ft or less from
a window

Licorice 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 Licorice fern

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

Water Needs
Sunlight Needs
Growth Pattern
Growing Outdoors

Care Summary for Licorice fern

Licorice 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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