The single most important factor when choosing soil for your Kangaroo Paw fern is to choose soil that is moist and well-draining.
Soil with some organic matter in it is perfect for your Kangaroo Paw fern, think compost, perlite or pine bark/orchid bark. Perlite and bark will improve the aeration of the soil.
For even moisture retention (which is crucial for this type of fern), you could also work in some coco coir.
Kangaroo Paw ferns grow well in bright locations (=bright, indirect sunlight). However, they also do tolerate lower light conditions.
Low light might not kill your Kangaroo Paw fern but it might very well stunt its growth. So if your fern does not seem to grow at all, chances are that it does not get enough sunlight.
A semi-shady location without direct sunlight generally yields the best results.
If you are not familiar about light levels for houseplants, you’d better have a look at our useful guide on light levels.
Keep the soil consistently and evenly moist, yet not soggy. The Kangaroo Paw fern does not like wet feet.
It is best to use either rainwater or distilled water when watering your Kangaroo Paw fern. Always use lukewarm water rather than cold water.
Consistent moisture is key for the well-being of your Kangaroo Paw fern. But you will have to make sure that you are never flooding your plant with water!
When watering your fern, make sure to NOT water the crown.
A telltale sign that your Kangaroo Paw fern is desperate for a drink is when its leaves start to droop.
As far as watering goes, most ferns have pretty similar needs (they like to drink a looot!) If you are a big fan of ferns, you might also want to have a look at our care article about the popular Boston Fern.
As beautiful as the Boston fern is, it needs to be said that Boston fern care is deemed pretty difficult.
For beginners, the Kangaroo Paw fern is definitely the better choice.
The Kangaroo Paw fern does best in warm temperatures. That said, it is best to grow them in temperatures ranging from 21°C to 24°C, which equals to about 70° F to 75° F.
Temperatures too low or too high are likely to cause heavy issues with your Kangaroo Paw fern.
Growing ferns indoors is usually a pretty challenging task. One aspect that can make indoor fern care challenging is that ferns generally require (or at least prefer) high levels of humidity.
This is not all that surprising, as the natural habitat of many ferns is moist, shady forests.
So does that make our Kangaroo Paw fern a humidity-loving and -requiring fern? Well, kind of.
Kangaroo Paw ferns do indeed enjoy high levels of humidity. But they will also thrive in lower humidity. Even average household humidity is fine for these epiphytic evergreen plants.
They do tolerate dry air pretty well, as long as you don’t expose them to draughts.
During growing season, feed your Kangaroo paw fern monthly with a liquid fertilizer diluted at half strength.
In winter, reduce fertilizing to a minimum or don’t feed your fern at all.
There are many different ways to propagate a Kangaroo paw fern. The most common include by division, plantlets, spores or even layering.
It is also possible to grow the Kangaroo Paw fern from seeds.
For a detailed step-by-step instruction on how to propagate a Kangaroo paw fern through division, please see below
Microsorum diversifolium spreads up to about 3 feet, but generally only gets about one foot high.
There’s nothing really special to mention on the topic of repotting your Kangaroo Paw fern. Just repot your fern every other year when it outgrows its pot.
Repotting is best done in spring.
Also, after repotting, don’t feed your plant with fertilizer until the following year.
At the time of repotting, you might also want to divide your plant (=propagate it through rhizome division). To do so, simply divide the rhizomes with a sharp, sterile knife.
In order for the propagation to be successful, it is important to know that each plant section (after division) needs to include several fronds and rhizomes. If that is not the case, the (new) plant won’t be able to survive.
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