Dryopteris erythrosora - Autumn Fern


Autumn Ferns are one of the tidiest and most interesting ferns for use in your home. Unlike other ferns, like Boston Ferns or Kimberly Queen, the Autumn Fern drops very few leaves and doesn't require lots of space. Compact, lacy growth is complimented by bronze-colored new growth, making it a unique contrast of colors. The Autumn Fern can also be used in outdoor planting in areas that do not drop below 50 degrees in winter. 

To grow your very best Autumn Fern, find a bright window that allows at least half a day of warm sunshine. These ferns enjoy watering, however, they're not as needy and can withstand being on the drier side. These ferns are excellent complimentary plants for arrangements and small plant combos.

Ed's Plant Profile

  • Botanical Name: Dryopteris erythrosora
  • Common Name:  Autumn Fern, Japanese Shield Fern
  • Family: Aspleniaceae
  • Native Range: Eastern Asia, China, The Philippines

Ed's Care Guide

  • Care Level: Easy
  • Light: Prefers medium or bright indirect light.
  • Water: Water deeply upon the soil drying out, overwatering can cause root loss
  • Soil: Use a well-draining potting mix.
  • Humidity:  30-60% 
  • Temperature:  50-80F
  • Pruning: Prune as needed to remove brown or dead leaves and control growth.
  • Feeding:  Apply a balanced liquid houseplant fertilizer (20-20-20) once a month 
  • Propagation: Division
  • Growth: Upright
  • Pests: No common insects, potentially slugs outdoors
  • Toxicity: Not known to be toxic, but caution should be had around pets 
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