3.8 out of 5 (6 experiences)
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.
Also known as
Ribbon fern and Cretan brake fern
How to care for Cretan Brake
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.
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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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.
What other plant parents say
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.