- Can Be Grown Indoors or Outside!
- Delicate, Showy Foliage
- Light Preference/Tolerated (Medium Light, Low Light)
- Average Watering Needs
- Mature Height 24 inches
The Dryopteris erythrosora, or Autumn Fern as most of us know it, is a hardy fern that can be grown both indoors and outdoors. With stunning and graceful foliage that takes on autumnal coloring, it is a calming and peaceful plant for any shady spot. Also known as lace fern due to its lace-like and delicate fronds, it is happiest in low lighting.
Best Locations For Growing Autumn Fern
This air-purifying plant will grow happily in any room away from bright sunlight. However, with its preference for high humidity, it is often grown in a kitchen or bathroom.
Autumn Fern Sunlight Requirements
The Autumn Fern is a shade-loving plant both indoors and outdoors. Intensely disliking strong direct light, it thrives in a spot where it receives low to medium light levels, away from south-facing windows.
Autumn Fern Care
Originating from the woodlands of Asia, the Autumn Fern prefers high humidity and a temperature of 60-85°F. Regular misting, placing on a wet pebble tray, and maintaining consistently moist soil can help increase humidity levels and keep the foliage tips from turning brown and unsightly. Where possible, avoid growing the Autumn Fern in a drafty spot as this can also lead to brown-edged fronds.
Watering Autumn Fern
The Autumn Fern prefers moist, but not overly wet soil and does not tolerate drying out. As soon as the top layer of soil appears dry, it can be watered again, ideally using harvested rainwater. Watering can be reduced in winter as the temperatures fall.
Feeding Autumn Fern
Preferring a rich and fertile soil, the Autumn Fern can be fed every four weeks, using a balanced houseplant fertilizer diluted to half strength during the growing season.
Autumn Fern Information
|Light Exposure: 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: No|
|Kid Friendly: No|
|Air Purifier: Low|
|Growth Rate: Moderate|
|Mature Height: 24 inches|
|Mature Spread: 2 feet|
|Flower Color(s): Black, Purple|
|Flower Shade/Description: Purple and Black|
|Foliage Color(s): Green|
|Foliage Description: Green|
|Temperature: 60° - 85°F (16° - 29°C)|
|Common Name: Autumn Fern|
|Other Name(s): Japanese Shield Fern, Shaggy Shield Fern|
|Scientific Name: Dryopteris erythrosora|
|Plant Type: House Plant|
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