Plant Care Cretan Brake

Cretan Brake

3.8 out of 5 (6 experiences)

Cretan Brake has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves

About Cretan Brake

Cretan Brake is a popular houseplant 🌿 that is easy to grow and needs regular watering to thrive. They do best in abundant sunlight ☀ and should be less than 3 feet from a window.

Plant parents describe this plant as having large, lush leaves with a whopping 278 being grown with Greg around the world. Check out the reviews below for more details!🌟

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

Cretan Brake belongs to the Pteris genus, and is native to Tropical and Subtropical Africa.


Pteris cretica

Also known as

Ribbon fern and Cretan brake fern

How to care for Cretan Brake


How often to water your Cretan Brake

Water needs for Cretan Brake
0.5 cups
every 9

Cretan Brake 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 Cretan Brake

Water 0.5 cups every

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Finding light for Cretan Brake in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Cretan Brake: 3ft from a window
3ft or less from
a window

Cretan Brake 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 Cretan Brake

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

Difficulty Level

Cretan Brake is generally considered an easy-to-care-for plant and makes a great choice for beginners!

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Care Summary for Cretan Brake

Cretan Brake

Cretan Brake

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

Cretan Brake has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves 1
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Mariansoasis avatar
leaf-1 90 Plants
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globe Solana Beach, CA

Keep watered but not too wet or soggy!

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Carol avatar
leaf-1 5 Plants
xp 192 XP

Right now it is too new in my house to describe its progress. But it is very beautiful light and airy and yet very present in the room.

Micky avatar
leaf-1 57 Plants
xp 6,965 XP
globe La Mesa, CA

I struggle with ferns in general, but after killing two of these, I’m gonna say the Cretan brake is the least hardy of all the ferns I’ve had. I do live in a dry climate, but I’ve managed to keep other ferns at least alive with attentive care - not this guy! He is a bone-dry shriveled mess even with constant moist-not-wet soil, lots of misting, and living in the most fern-friendly room in my home.

Rubyisamilf avatar
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xp 62 XP
globe Newport, New South Wales

so fun

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