Plant Care Worm Fern

Worm Fern

Also known as

Male-Fern, Male-Fern, Male fern and Worm fern


Dryopteris filix-mas

How to care for Worm Fern


How often to water your Worm Fern

Water needs for Worm Fern
0.5 cups
every 9

Worm 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 Worm 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.

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Finding light for Male-Fern in your home

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

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

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

Worm Fern does not tolerate low-light 🚫.

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


How to fertilize Worm Fern

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

Difficulty Level

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

Water Needs
Sunlight Needs
Growth Pattern
Growing Outdoors

Care Summary for Worm Fern

Worm Fern

Worm 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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