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 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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Plant Addict Guarantee (Included On All Plant Orders)

Plant Addicts guarantees your plant(s) will arrive happy and healthy, but the plant(s) are being shipped through the mail and accidents happen. If the plant is dead, has dried out roots or the incorrect item was shipped just notify Plant Addicts within 3 days upon delivery. We may ask for pictures but will try to make it as easy as possible for you. Please note plant(s) with damaged branches or wilted leaves will not qualify for this guarantee. Plants are very resilient and will rebound quickly when cared for correctly.

For information on how to care for you new plant please check out our guide. Guide: How to Care for Your New Plant(s)

Plant Addicts Warranty - 1 Year (Extra Purchase Required)

We encourage all plant lovers to purchase the Plant Addicts Warranty whether you’re new or an expert. There are many variables outside our control and yours that can cause the demise of your plant(s). Examples would be hungry animals, drought, poor soil conditions, over watering, disease, insects & many other factors. The Plant Addicts Warranty is a 1 year warranty protecting you from all the unknowns and will replace your plant if it moves on to the plant afterlife.

The warranty is purchased on a per plant basis and must be purchased at the same time as the plant purchase. We will cover 100% of the price of the plant but the warranty does not cover shipping cost. Simply let us know if your plant has died within one year of receiving it and we’ll get you a new one shipped out. We may ask for photos for documentation purposes but again we’ll try to make it as easy as possible.

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Guide: How to Care for Your New Plant(s)

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.

It is important to know that all of our plants are clearly labeled for which growing zones the plant can survive in. The plants are thoroughly trialed and tested in every growing zone before we state the plant can grow in a zone. Again, our #1 priority is to ship the plants to you healthy and ready to thrive in your location. So we will do everything in our power to do so.

1 Review - Kangaroo Paw Fern Show Reviews

  • 5
    Plant is healthy and full of...

    Posted by Emily Wright on Dec 11, 2022

    Plant arrived healthy and full of leaves. Nice packaging and prompted shipping.