Plant Care Common Shield Fern

Common Shield Fern

About Common Shield Fern

Common Shield Fern is a super rare houseplant 🌿 that needs lots of water to thrive. They do best in long-lasting, direct light ☀️ and should be less than 1 foot from a window.

Common Shield Fern likes soil that is good at retaining moisture. Your plant shouldn't need added fertilizers if you repot each time it doubles in size.

Taxonomy

Polystichum oculatum
Polystichum
Dryopteridaceae
Polypodiales

Also known as

Pikopiko

How to care for Common Shield Fern

Water

How often to water your Common Shield Fern

Water needs for Common Shield Fern
0.5 cups
every 7

Common 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
7

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

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5"
Light

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Finding light for Common Shield Fern in your home

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

Common 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.

Common Shield Fern does not tolerate low-light 🚫.

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

Nutrients

How to fertilize Common Shield Fern

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

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Care Summary for Common Shield Fern

Common Shield Fern


Greg recommends:

Water

0.5 cups every 7 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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