Plant Care Floating Fern

Floating Fern

Also known as

floating fern, floating watermoss, floating moss and water butterfly wings


Salvinia natans

How to care for Floating Fern


How often to water your Floating Fern

Water needs for Floating Fern
0.5 cups
every 9

Floating 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.

Water 0.5 cups every

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

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Check the growing potential in your area

A plant's growing potential is determined from its location, the time of year, and current local weather.

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Finding light for Floating Fern in your home

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

Floating Fern love being close to bright, sunny windows 😎.

Place it less than 1ft from a south-facing window to maximize the potential for growth.

Floating Fern does not tolerate low-light 🚫.

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


How to fertilize Floating Fern

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

Difficulty Level

Floating Fern is generally easy to care for, though some plant parents report facing challenges with growing it. Check out the reviews down below to read more about their experiences!

Water Needs
Sunlight Needs
Growth Pattern
Growing Outdoors

Care Summary for Floating Fern

Floating Fern

Greg recommends:


0.5 cups every 9 days


< 1ft from a window


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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