- Low Maintenance, With Few Pests
- Light Preference/Tolerated (Bright Indirect Light)
- Average Watering Needs
- Mature Height 5 feet
- Pet Safe
The Crocodile Fern is an easy-care fern that is also a little out of the ordinary. The broad fronds are highly textured, similar to that of a crocodile’s skin. Also known as Microsorum musifolium, this fern grows as an understory plant in the jungles of Southeast Asia and Australia and thrives on high humidity. Gardeners in zones 10-11 can add Crocodile Fern to their outdoor displays year-round.
Best Locations For Growing Crocodile Fern
The high humidity of bathrooms and kitchens suits Crocodile Fern. Regular misting with water or using a humidifier will help keep this plant hydrated in a room with drier conditions.
Crocodile Fern Sunlight Requirements
Indirect bright or medium light levels keep the fronds of Crocodile Fern deep green and growing wide.
Crocodile Fern Care
Without high humidity, this fern will start to have brown, crispy edges on the fronds. To provide enough moisture, grow it in a humid room such as a bathroom or kitchen. Use a cool mist humidifier in the room during the winter when the air is drier, or mist the fronds lightly each day with water. Keep this fern away from drafts and cold air from exposed windows in the winter. Crocodile Fern prefers temperatures between 68-80 degrees F. Pot Crocodile Fern in a loose, free draining, and nutrient-rich indoor potting soil. Ensure that the container you use has drainage at the bottom and that the plant does not sit in a saucerful of water for long periods.
Watering Crocodile Fern
Crocodile Fern requires consistently moist soil with time to dry between waterings. When the top 1-2 inches of soil are dry, thoroughly soak the container and wait for the excess to drain. Discard any water sitting in the saucer after 10-20 minutes. Watering will need to be done regularly throughout the year.
Feeding Crocodile fern
A liquid houseplant fertilizer can be applied once a month during active growth in the spring and summer. Use the fertilizer at half the recommended strength to keep from burning the fronds.
Crocodile Fern Information
|Light Exposure: Bright Indirect 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: Moderate|
|Growth Rate: Slow|
|Mature Height: 5 feet|
|Mature Spread: 16 inches|
|Flower Color(s): None|
|Flower Shade/Description: Grown for Foliage|
|Foliage Color(s): Green|
|Foliage Description: Broad and Light Green Leaves|
|Temperature: 65° - 75°F (18° - 24°C)|
|Humidity: Above Average to High (60% - 100%)|
|Common Name: Crocodile Fern|
|Other Name(s): Alligator Fern|
|Scientific Name: Microsorum musifolium 'Crocodyllus'|
|Plant Type: House Plant|
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