Austral Gem Fern

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  • Delicate, Lace-Like Foliage
  • Light Preference/Tolerated (Bright Indirect Light, Medium Light, Low Light)
  • Average Watering Needs
  • Mature Height 18 Inches
  • Pet Safe

The Austral Gem Fern is a hardy bird’s nest fern that features glossy, feathery fronds growing from a thin midrib. Ferns are known for being finicky, but this Australian native is more easy going than most ferns. This low-maintenance houseplant provides excellent texture and greenery.

Best Locations For Growing Austral Gem Fern

Adaptable is commonly used to describe the Austral Gem Fern for a good reason. This fern will thrive in conditions favored by most types of ferns, and can also live in areas with medium humidity and even low light. Steamy bathrooms and kitchens are good places for the Austral Gem Fern, but so are sunny living rooms, entryways, and home offices.

Austral Gem Fern Sunlight Requirements 

Medium light is best for the Austral Gem Fern. Consistent sunlight helps the plant maintain its color and push out new fronds. The Austral Gem Fern is easygoing, so this plant can handle limited amounts of bright indirect light and even low light, but expect the best growth and results with medium light.

Austral Gem Fern Care

The Austral Gem Fern is somewhat drought tolerant. The fronds may droop and hang down when the plant is too dry, but don’t count this beauty out too quickly. Plants that are too dry will perk back up after getting a drink. Water the plant and wait, and the fronds will likely bounce back.

Watering Austral Gem Fern

The Austral Gem Fern has moderate water needs. Keep the soil moist, but know that this plant can dry out more than other types of ferns. Drench the soil and remove excess water from the tray or cover pot. The waxy fronds prefer increased humidity, but this adaptable plant can live in medium humidity.

Feeding Austral Gem Fern

Feed the Austral Gem Fern using a diluted, balanced fertilizer. Monthly feeding while the plant is actively growing will keep this fern full and lush. Take a break from fertilizing the fern during the fall and winter.

Austral Gem Fern Information

Light Exposure: Bright Indirect Light, Medium Light, Low Light
Care Requirements: Easy
Watering Requirements: Average - Keep lightly moist. When the top 2 inches of the soil dries out.
Pet Friendly: Yes
Kid Friendly: Yes
Air Purifier: Low
Habit: Mounded
Growth Rate: Slow to Moderate
Mature Height: 18 inches
Mature Spread: 18 inches
Flowering: No
Flower Color(s): None
Flower Shade/Description: Grown for Foliage
Fragrant: No
Foliage Type:
Foliage Color(s): Green
Foliage Description: Dark Green
Temperature: 60° - 80°F (16° - 27°C)
Humidity: Average (40% - 60%)
Common Name: Austral Gem Fern
Other Name(s): Asplenium Parvati, Mother Fern
Scientific Name: Asplenium dimorphum x difforme
Plant Type: House Plant

Container Sizes

Please Note: The pictures below are to give a general representation of the different container sizes. The actual size/ages of plants are estimates and will vary based on; type of plant, time of year, last pruning & many other factors.

4.5 Pot

4.5" Pot
 Also Know As:
   4.5" Container

 Plant Age:
   ~ 6 months
 Plant Size:
   ~ 3"-6"
 Pot Size:
   ~ 4.5"H x 3.75"W
   1.42 quarts

Quart Pot

Quart Pot
 Also Know As:

 Plant Age:
   ~ 6 months - 1 year
 Plant Size:
   ~ 4"-8"
 Pot Size:
   ~ 4.75"H x 4.5"W
   1.50 quarts

2.5 Quart

2.5 Quart
 Also Know As:
   2.5 Quart Pot

 Plant Age:
   ~ 1.5 - 2 years old
 Plant Size:
   ~ 8"-12"
 Pot Size:
   ~ 6.5"H x 6.5"W
   2.20-2.30 quarts

#1 Pot

#1 Pot
 Also Know As:
   #1 Container
    1 Gallon
 Plant Age:
   ~ 1.5 - 2 years old
 Plant Size:
   ~ 10"-14"
 Pot Size:
   ~ 7"H x 7.75"W
   2.26-3.73 quarts

#2 Pot

#2 Pot
 Also Know As:
   #2 Container
    2 Gallon
 Plant Age:
   ~ 1.5 - 3 years old
 Plant Size:
   ~ 12"-18"
 Pot Size:
   ~ 9.5"H x 9.5"W
   1.19-1.76 gallons

#3 Pot

#3 Pot
 Also Know As:
   #3 Container
    3 Gallon
 Plant Age:
   ~ 2 - 4 years old
 Plant Size:
   ~ 12"-30"
 Pot Size:
   ~9.5"H x 11"W
   2.32-2.76 gallons

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Planter Shipping

Standard Colors: 2-3 business days

Special Order Colors: 8 weeks - this is due to the planter being custom made with the color(s) of your choice

Please Note: On special orders there can not be any cancellations

Plant Shipping

Time of Order:

Summer Shipping

  • If there is extreme heat we’ll delay shipping.  
    • We’ll have to review what areas the plants are traveling through along with your location

Once your plant is shipped you’ll receive an email with tracking information. Depending on the above criteria we’ll ship your plant(s) towards beginning of the following week from your order. We put together this helpful guide of what to do when you receive your plants in the mail.

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1 Review - Austral Gem Fern Show Reviews

  • 5

    Posted by Susan Murphy on Sep 19, 2023

    Arrived in perfect condition, as have all the plants I’ve ordered from Plant Addicts. I wanted a fern that isn’t messy, forgiving if I neglect it a bit and thrives in bright/medium light. So looking forward to getting to know this sweetheart! Thank you!