Plant Care Alpine Shield Fern

Alpine Shield Fern

Also known as

Aspidium cystostegia, Dryopteris cystostegia and Polystichum cystostegia


Polystichum cystostegia

How to care for Alpine Shield Fern


How often to water your Alpine Shield Fern

Water needs for Alpine Shield Fern
0.5 cups
every 7

Alpine Shield Fern needs 0.5 cups of water every 7 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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Check the growing potential in your area

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 Alpine Shield Fern in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Alpine Shield Fern: 1ft from a window
1ft or less from
a window

Alpine Shield Fern love being close to bright, sunny windows 😎.

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

Alpine Shield Fern does not tolerate low-light 🚫.

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


How to fertilize Alpine Shield Fern

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

Water Needs
Sunlight Needs

Care Summary for Alpine Shield Fern

Alpine Shield Fern

Greg recommends:


0.5 cups every 7 days


< 1ft 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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