Information About Crocodile Ferns

Information About Crocodile Ferns

Crocodile Fern Care – Tips For Growing Crocodile Ferns

By Mary H. Dyer, Credentialed Garden Writer

Sometimes known as crocodyllus fern, this is an unusual plant with wrinkled, puckery leaves. Although it's been compared to a crocodile's hide, the crocodile fern plant actually has a graceful, delicate appearance. Click here to learn more.

How to Grow Ferns

Most of the popular varieties of ferns for the garden should be planted in a part-shade location, in soil that is rich and which is both moist and well-drained. Spacing should depend on the type of fern—some are mat-forming, and will quickly spread to blanket an area, while others are self-contained and can be used as specimen plants among mixed plantings.

The only rule of thumb for growing ferns is to keep them moist—most varieties, that is. Many ferns are so easy to grow that they can become a nuisance, spreading where you don't want them unless you supervise them. Watch for slug damage through the season. Fronds can be left in place to protect the crowns over winter but should be cleaned away in the spring.

Watering kangaroo Paw Fern

The Kangaroo Paw Fern care also includes watering the plant regularly. Kangaroo Paw Fern doesn’t like being overwatered. The best time to water the plant is when the top 50% of the soil has dried out. You can test the level of moisture manually with your finger.

The best method of watering is providing the plant with a good soak. Water the plant until you see the water drip from the drainage holes at the bottom.

As I have stated in previous posts, I am anti-misting for all types of plants. Misting causes the leaves to remain wet for extended periods of time which can encourage fungal and bacterial infections. If you love to mist your plants at least do so in the morning so that the leaves have the whole day to dry.

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