Plant Care Tiger Fern

Tiger Fern

Reviewed by: Kiersten Rankel | Last Updated: 11/05/2021

Also known as

Fern Tiger, Variegated Boston Tiger Fern and Variegated Boston Fern


Nephrolepis exaltata variegata

How to care for Tiger Fern


How often to water your Tiger Fern

Water needs for Tiger Fern
0.5 cups
every 7

Tiger Fern needs 0.5 cups of water every 7 when it doesn’t get direct sunlight and is potted in a 5" pot located in Arcadia, California.

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 Tiger Fern

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.

Plant care guide for Tiger Fern in Arcadia, California

Arcadia, California

56% Medium

Finding light for Tiger Fern in your home

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

Tiger 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..️

Arcadia, California currently has medium levels of sunlight intensity, you can help this plant grow by treating it to ample light ☀️.


How to fertilize Tiger Fern

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

Water Needs
Sunlight Needs

Care Summary for Tiger Fern

Tiger Fern

Tiger Fern

Greg recommends:


0.5 cups every 7 days


< 3ft from a window


Repot after 2x growth

Based on your location in Arcadia, California, the 4” pot your plant is in, and that it doesn’t get direct sunlight.

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