Plant Care Virginia Blue Fern
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Virginia Blue Fern

4.4 out of 5 (12 experiences)

Virginia Blue Fern has a Survivor plant personality Survivor
Virginia Blue Fern has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves

Also known as

Blue Star Fern and Blue Rabbit's Foot Fern

Taxonomy

Phlebodium areolatum
Phlebodium
Polypodiaceae
Polypodiales

How to care for Virginia Blue Fern

Water

How often to water your Virginia Blue Fern

Water needs for Virginia Blue Fern
0.5 cups
every 9

Virginia Blue 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 Virginia Blue Fern

Water 0.5 cups every
9

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

Select the pot size

5"
Light

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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 Virginia Blue Fern in your home

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

Virginia Blue 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 Virginia Blue Fern in your home 🏡.

Nutrients

How to fertilize Virginia Blue Fern

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

FAQs
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Care Summary for Virginia Blue Fern

Virginia Blue Fern

Virginia Blue 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

Virginia Blue Fern has a Survivor plant personality Survivor 9
Virginia Blue Fern has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves 7
Virginia Blue Fern has a Browns easily plant personality Browns easily 5
Virginia Blue Fern has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower 4
Virginia Blue Fern has a Easy to propagate plant personality Easy to propagate 1
Virginia Blue Fern has a Pet friendly plant personality Pet friendly 1
Darrell avatar
@Darrell
leaf-1 9 Plants
xp 145 XP
globe Wadsworth, Ohio
07/01/2021

Newby but with control of the water and misting it’s been beautiful!

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Jimogen avatar
@Jimogen
leaf-1 4 Plants
xp 91 XP
globe Oxenholme, England
05/29/2021

Make sure the soil is always moist. It can survive in darker rooms but does well in bathrooms/bedrooms (humidity n heat and stuff) Honestly just love these plants and their little fuzzy roots :)

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Fast grower Fast grower
Survivor Survivor
Oprah_rynfrey avatar
@Oprah_rynfrey
leaf-1 54 Plants
xp 1,218 XP
globe Chicago, Illinois
05/17/2021

I love this plant. Very easy to care for with adequate sun and water ~ mine noticeably perks up when I water it! Deep green kangaroo paw leaves carry a faint smell of cinnamon.

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Survivor Survivor
Browns easily Browns easily

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