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Kangaroo Paw Fern

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  • Unusual, Easy-Care Fern
  • Light Preference/Tolerated (Bright Indirect Light, Medium Light, Low Light)
  • Average Watering Needs
  • Mature Height 12 Inches
  • Pet Safe

Kangaroo Paw Fern grows fuzzy rhizomes on the surface of the soil. These roots hold extra moisture and resemble Kangaroo paws. Large, leathery leaves are produced year-round, giving this fern a tropical feel. During the summer, Kangaroo Paw Fern forms very pronounced spores along the underside of its fronds. These can be collected and planted to propagate new plants if you want a challenge.

Best Locations For Growing Kangaroo Paw Fern

Rooms with naturally high humidity, like bathrooms and kitchens are perfect for ferns. This one is better adapted to the lower humidity of a living room or bedroom and works in just about any space. Kangaroo Paw is considered non-toxic and is an excellent air-purifying plant.

Kangaroo Paw Fern Sunlight Requirements

Place this plant in any light level, from filtered bright light to low light. North, east, or west-facing windows are ideal, although Kangaroo Paw will grow well in a room with southern exposure, away from the window.

Kangaroo Paw Fern Care

Repotting is only needed when the potting soil cannot retain moisture. The fern’s roots growing out of the pot need air and are not an indicator that the plant is pot-bound. Many gardeners prefer to grow this fern in unglazed terra cotta pots that naturally circulate more air and are quicker to drain after watering. Do not bury all of the fuzzy rhizomes when repotting. Encourage some to hang over the sides of the pot or lay across the soil.

Watering Kangaroo Paw Fern

The soil needs to stay slightly moist for this fern. Watering the pot from the bottom in a basin of room-temperature water is the perfect technique. This will prevent the rhizomes from getting wet and rotting while providing moisture for the smooth roots under the soil. Watering once a week is typical year-round. Increase the humidity around this fern using pebble trays or a portable room humidifier.

Feeding kangaroo Paw Fern

Fertilize only in the spring and summer while the growth is at its fastest; every 4-6 weeks, use a diluted, liquid fertilizer formulated for houseplants. Choose a balanced fertilizer with an NPK ratio of 10-10-10.

Kangaroo Paw 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: Trailing
Growth Rate: Fast
Mature Height: 12 inches
Mature Spread: 36 inches
Flowering: No
Flower Color(s): None
Flower Shade/Description: Grown for Foliage
Fragrant: No
Foliage Type:
Foliage Color(s): Green
Foliage Description: Green
Temperature: 60° - 90°F (16° - 32°C)
Humidity: 75% Or Above
Common Name: Kangaroo Paw Fern
Other Name(s): Hound's Tongue, Kangaroo Foot
Scientific Name: Microsorum diversifolium
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 Known 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 Known 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 Known As:
   2.5 Quart Pot

 Plant Age:
   ~ 1 - 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 Known As:
   #1 Container
    1 Gallon
 Plant Age:
   ~ 1 - 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 Known 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 Known 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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