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

Taxonomy

Nephrolepis exaltata variegata
Nephrolepis
Nephrolepidaceae
Polypodiales

How to care for Tiger Fern

Water

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 Raleigh, North Carolina.

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
7

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

Select the pot size

5"
Light

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 Raleigh, North Carolina

Raleigh, North Carolina

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Growing Tiger Fern in Raleigh right now

Light needs for plant Tiger Fern in Raleigh, North Carolina

Plant growth potential is currently low 📉

December 5th, 2021

Sunlight intensity as measured by “net radiation” in Raleigh is currently low 📉.

The availability of high quality sunlight in your home impacts ability for plants to thrive and is key in determini…

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Light needs for plant Tiger Fern in Raleigh, North Carolina

Sunlight intensity will decrease by 22.1% ☀️

December 5th, 2021

Raleigh is trending towards lower sunlight intensity!

The amount of sunlight in Raleigh is expected to decrease by 22.1% over the next 2 weeks to an average of 8.5 megajoules of energy per m2 per …

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Light needs for plant Tiger Fern in Raleigh, North Carolina

Daylight will decrease by 0.8 hours 📉

December 5th, 2021

This month, Raleigh is getting an average of 9.0 hours of clear sky sunlight per day.

Hours of daylight will decrease by 7.9% over the next two weeks. Your plants will get 9.6 total hours of dayli…

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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 keep it happy during this time of reduced sunlight intensity in Raleigh, North Carolina ⛅.

Nutrients

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.

When to repot Tiger Fern

Nutrient needs for plant Tiger Fern in Raleigh, North Carolina

Is this a good time of year to repot? No ⏳

December 3rd, 2021

The growing potential in Raleigh is low 📉.

Repotting in late fall or winter when the day lengths are shorter can be very stressful for a plant and cause it to go into shock.

It's best to repot…

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Care Summary for Tiger Fern

Tiger Fern

Tiger Fern


Greg recommends:

Water

0.5 cups every 7 days

Placement

< 3ft from a window

Nutrients

Repot after 2x growth

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

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