Plant Care Virginia Chain Fern

Virginia Chain Fern

About Virginia Chain Fern

Woodwardia virginica, or Virginia Chain Fern, can be found in moist, acidic soil near bogs, streams, ponds, or water gardens. It is easy to grow and spreads rapidly and is best planted in full sun to shade in sandy to humus-rich acidic soil.


Anchistea virginica

Also known as

Anchistea, Anchistea virginica and Virginia chain fern

How to care for Virginia Chain Fern


How often to water your Virginia Chain Fern

Water needs for Virginia Chain Fern
0.5 cups
every 9

Virginia Chain 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

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Finding light for Virginia Chain Fern in your home

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

Virginia Chain 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.

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How to fertilize Virginia Chain Fern

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

Difficulty Level

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

Growth Pattern
Growing Outdoors

Care Summary for Virginia Chain Fern

Virginia Chain 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.

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