How to care for a Crocodile Fern

use these instructions to care for a crocodile fern indoor plant. this guide will tell you how to water a crocodile fern; its light, temperature, and humidity preferences; and any additional care it might need to help it grow.

LIGHT REQUIREMENTS

Your Crocodile Fern will do best in bright indirect to low light. A northern or eastern window provides the best light exposure. Turn the plant once or twice each month to encourage even growth.  

WATER REQUIREMENTS

Water your Crocodile Fern when the top inch of soil is dry, and until water flows through the pot's drainage holes. Allow the pot to drain thoroughly before placing it back on its saucer. Take care not to have any standing water in the saucer, as this may lead to root rot. Never water into the center of your Crocodile Fern.  

HUMIDITY PREFERENCE

Humidity is important when growing ferns indoors. Use a pebble tray under the pot and spray the leaves with a gentle mist several times each week to increase humidity. A kitchen or bathroom is an ideal environment for your Crocodile Fern, as these areas are naturally higher in humidity.

OPTIMUM TEMPERATURE

This fern will enjoy a warm area, preferably between 68-80 degrees, so maintain indoor temperatures above 60 degrees. Avoid cold drafts and sudden temperature changes.  

PLANT FOOD

Use a general houseplant fertilizer diluted to half the recommended strength 2-3 times during the spring and summer months. Make sure the soil is thoroughly damp before fertilizing–never apply fertilizer to dry soil.  

ADDITIONAL CARE

Trim off crowded fronds to encourage airflow. This will help reduce the possibility of fungal infections.  

TOXICITY

Crocodile Ferns are non-poisonous plants and safe for humans, dogs, and cats.