- Botanical Name: Dryopteris erythrosora
- Common Name(s): Autumn Fern, Japanese Wood Fern, Copper Shield Fern
- Light: Low
- Water: Moderate
- Soil: Potting Mix
- Pet Friendly: Yes
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Description & Care Instructions:
Native to East Asia, the 'Autumn' Fern is a semi-evergreen whose papery leaves are reddish-copper during the early growth and matures to dark green. The leaves will change their color back to reddish-copper during Spring and Autumn. Preferring warmer climates and partial shade, it is commonly used as an ornamental perennial indoors and outdoors due to its bold color changes.
This fern prefers shady areas and does not fare well in bright, direct, sunlight.
This fern prefers moist soil that has good drainage. Water your fern once a week depending on the temperature of its surroundings. If you are not sure how often to water your plant simply stick your finger into the soil and if it feels dry then it needs water. Be careful not to overwater your plant, the soil should not feel saturated.
Temp & Humidity:
Temperatures somewhere in the range of 50 to 80 degrees Fahrenheit (10 to 27 Celsius). Do not allow the plant to be in temperatures below 50 degrees Fahrenheit (10 Celsius). These temperatures are too low which will damage and/or kill your plant.
Humidity is something to consider as well. If your plant develops browning and dry tips on the leaves you need to increase the humidity for the plant. This is very easy to do, simply mist the plant a couple of times a week or place the pot on a small tray filled with pebbles and water.
Use a good draining, quality, potting mix for your fern.
A simple liquid houseplant fertilizer will work just fine for this plant. Only fertilize in the Spring and Summer months as this is the growing season. Cease fertilizing during the Fall and Winter months.