Plant Care Ribbon Fern

Ribbon Fern

3.8 out of 5 (6 experiences)

Ribbon Fern has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves

Also known as

Cretan Brake, Cretan Brake, Ribbon fern and Cretan brake fern

Taxonomy

Pteris cretica
Pteris
Pteridaceae
Polypodiales

How to care for Ribbon Fern

💦 Water

How often to water your Ribbon Fern

Water needs for Ribbon Fern
0.5 cups
every 9

Ribbon Fern 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 Ribbon Fern

Water 0.5 cups every
9

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

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5"
☀️ Light

Finding light for Cretan Brake in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Ribbon Fern: 3ft from a window
3ft or less from
a window

Ribbon Fern 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.

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

🪴 Nutrients

How to fertilize Ribbon Fern

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

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💡 FAQs
⭐ Difficulty Level

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

Benefits of Growing Cretan Brake →


💦 Water Needs

Ribbon Fern prefers for the soil to dry out between waterings and should be watered regularly. 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 Water Frequency →

Cretan Brake Root Rot →


☀️ Sunlight Needs

Ribbon Fern may have difficulty thriving and will drop leaves 🍃 without ample sunlight. Place it less than 3 feet from a window to maximize the potential for growth. Select your region to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement in your home 🏡.

Cretan Brake Light Requirements →

Cretan Brake Direct Sunlight Needs & Tolerance →


🐶 🐈 👶 Toxicity

Greg does not have confirmed data on this plant’s toxicity. If you, a family member, or a pet consumes plant material of unknown toxicity, it’s always best to consult a medical professional.

If you or someone else ingested this plant, call Poison Control at US (800) 222-1222. If a pet consumed this plant, contact your veterinarian or the ASPCA at US (888) 426-4435.

Cretan Brake Toxicity to Dogs →

Cretan Brake Toxicity to Humans →


💨 Humidity

Ribbon Fern enjoys lots of humidity. Provide humidity for your plant by watering regularly and thoroughly, since plants absorb most water through their root system rather than their leaves. They may also benefit from being placed next to a humidifier.

Cretan Brake Humidity Needs →


🪴 Soil

Ribbon Fern is very sensitive to dry soil, so choose a potting soil that retains moisture. A good soil will still drain well and contain lots of organic matter such as coco coir or sphagnum moss.

Best Soil Mix for Cretan Brake →

When and How to Successfully Repot Cretan Brake →


💩 Fertilizer

Ribbon Fern should be repotted after it doubles in size or once a year, whichever comes first. Fresh potting soil has all the nutrients your plant needs, so as long as it’s refreshed yearly, you shouldn’t need to use fertilizer. Remember, plants get their energy from sunlight, not fertilizer!

How Much and When to Fertilize Cretan Brake →


🌎 Native Region

Ribbon Fern is native to Tropical and Subtropical regions worldwide.


⬆️ ⬇️ Growth Pattern

Ribbon Fern grows vertically and new growth will emerge from the top of the plant.


🌦️ Growing Outdoors

USDA Hardiness Zone
Ribbon Fern can be grown outdoors in USDA Hardiness Zones 9a-12b. Find your local hardiness zone here.

Cretan Brake Temperature Tolerance →


🧐 Troubleshooting

When troubleshooting a sad-looking houseplant, start by checking for signs of distress in its leaves, such as yellowing, browning, or drooping, which can indicate overwatering or nutrient deficiencies.

Inspect the soil moisture; too dry or too wet soil can cause problems.

Ensure the plant is getting the right amount of light, as too much or too little can stress it.

Finally, consider environmental factors like temperature and humidity, and adjust care routines accordingly to revive your plant.


Care Summary for Ribbon Fern

Ribbon Fern

Ribbon Fern


Greg recommends:

Water

0.5 cups every 9 days

Placement

< 3ft 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.

What other plant parents say

Ribbon Fern has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves 1
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@MariansOasis avatar
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leaf-1 91 Plants
xp 18,467 XP
globe Solana Beach, CA
01/27/2022

Keep watered but not too wet or soggy!

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
@carol avatar
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leaf-1 5 Plants
xp 192 XP
10/04/2021

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
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leaf-1 59 Plants
xp 7,041 XP
globe La Mesa, CA
08/27/2021

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
@@rubyisamilf
leaf-1 4 Plants
xp 62 XP
globe Newport, New South Wales
07/29/2021

so fun

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