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  • Writer's pictureRachelle Ford

Fern Plant Care Cheat Sheet

Ferns are unique and tricky indoor houseplants that come in a lot of different shapes, sizes, colors, and textures. A large majority of ferns are pet friendly.

Lighting: This considered a low light tolerant plant. It can handle around 1-2 hours of direct light touching the foliage, but any more than that can burn the leaves. To maintain the plant's size, a minimum of 100 FC is required. To achieve good growth, you will want to look for 200 FC.

Watering: This plant likes to stay evenly moist between waterings. That doesn't mean to constantly drench it, but that you want to let the top 1-2" dry out of the soil before watering it again. This plant loves high humidity and requires it to keep from getting crispy.


This quick cheat sheet is meant to give you tips and tricks for how to best care for your plant. All of the information above is based on my personal experience and advice with houseplants and the lighting requirements are a reference from Daryl Chang of House Plant Journal.

*FC is lighting measured in Foot Candles and requires a light meter to get an accurate reading.

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