Plant Care Narrowleaf swordfern

Narrowleaf swordfern

Also known as

Imbricate sword fern

Taxonomy

Polystichum imbricans
Polystichum
Dryopteridaceae
Polypodiales

How to care for Narrowleaf swordfern

Water

How often to water your Narrowleaf swordfern

Water needs for Narrowleaf swordfern
0.5 cups
every 9

Narrowleaf swordfern 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
9

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

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5"
Light

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Finding light for Narrowleaf swordfern in your home

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

Narrowleaf swordfern love being close to bright, sunny windows 😎.

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

Narrowleaf swordfern does not tolerate low-light 🚫.

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

Nutrients

How to fertilize Narrowleaf swordfern

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

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Care Summary for Narrowleaf swordfern

Narrowleaf swordfern


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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