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


Pteris cretica

How to care for Ribbon Fern


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

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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 🏡.


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.

Difficulty Level

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

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Care Summary for Ribbon Fern

Ribbon Fern

Ribbon Fern

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

Ribbon Fern has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves 1
Ribbon Fern has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower 1
Ribbon Fern has a Browns easily plant personality Browns easily 1
Ribbon Fern has a Survivor plant personality Survivor 1
Mariansoasis avatar
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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
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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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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.

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globe Newport, New South Wales

so fun

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