Kangaroo Paw Fern Care and Propagation

Looking for an easy-to-care-for plant and stumbled on Kangaroo fern?

Kangaroo ferns are beautiful additions to any space, and they don’t need much care. Just a little bit of attention and maintenance will keep them thriving!

With their lush leaves and delicate vines, kangaroo ferns add a touch of nature to any room. They’re perfect for people who want the beauty of plants without all the hassle.

Follow these simple tips to take care of your kangaroo fern today!

What is a kangaroo fern?

The kangaroo fern (Microsorum diversifolium) is a type of plant that is native to Australia. It gets its name from the way its leaves look like they are hopping around on the ground.

They are also known as kangaroo paw fern or kangaroo foot fern.

It is generally 1 foot tall and has long, slender leaves that can grow up to 3 feet in width. The kangaroo fern is a fast grower and can quickly spread out over an area – if in the wild. However, as a houseplant, it has a slow growth.

The kangaroo fern is a hardy plant that can survive in summers with little water. However, it should stay away from frost as it can kill the plant.

  • Sun Requirement: Medium to bright indirect light
  • Soil Type: Moist, well-draining potting mix
  • Toxicity: Non-toxic
angaroo Paw Fern Plant Care Guide

Kangaroo Paw Fern Plant Care Guide: How do you take care of a kangaroo fern?

What are the soil requirements of kangaroo fern?

The kangaroo fern can grow in a variety of soil types, as long as it is well-draining. It prefers soil that is slightly acidic to neutral.

You can use a combination of soil mix with compost, perlite, pine bark/orchid bark or coco coir. This will make the mixture porous.

What are the light requirements of kangaroo fern?

Kangaroo ferns are relatively easy to care for, but they do have one specific light requirement: they need moderate indirect light.

If a kangaroo fern is placed in direct sunlight, the leaves will start to turn brown and crumble.

However, if it is not getting enough light, the plant will become leggy and produce fewer leaves.

Therefore, it is best to find a spot in your home that gets bright, indirect light in order to keep your kangaroo fern healthy and happy.

You can place it anywhere in your home – just ensure it has indirect sunlight.

What are the ideal temperature conditions for kangaroo fern care?

Kangaroo ferns prefer warm temperatures and humid conditions. They will do best in a room that is between 65-75 degrees Fahrenheit.

If the temperature gets too cold, the leaves of the plant will start to turn brown and die. Therefore, it is best to keep your kangaroo fern in a warm room that doesn’t experience drastic temperature changes.

Additionally, kangaroo ferns love humidity. If the air in your home is dry, you may notice the leaves of the plant beginning to brown and curl. To combat this, you can mist the leaves of the plant on a regular basis or place it on a pebble tray.

You can also use a humidifier to keep the air around your kangaroo fern nice and moist.

If you don’t want to invest in extra items to increase and maintain humidity, you can place your kangaroo fern in more humid places in your home – kitchen and especially, bathrooms.

If you decide to place your kangaroo fern in bathroom or kitchen, ensure their light requirements are met.

What are the water requirements of a kangaroo fern?

You need to keep the soil consistently wet, but not soggy. It’s best to use purified water or rainwater if possible.

If the leaves start to turn brown, that means it’s not getting enough water. If the leaves are wilting and falling off, that means you’re overwatering it.

The best way to tell if your kangaroo fern needs water is to stick your finger in the soil. If it’s dry, it’s time to water.

It’s best to water in the morning so the plant has time to absorb the water before the sun goes down.

What is the best way to water a kangaroo fern?

Kangaroo ferns prefer to be watered on a regular basis, but they do not like to sit in water. Therefore, it is important to make sure the pot you are using has drainage holes in the bottom.

Allow the soil to dry out a bit in between waterings. One way to tell if your kangaroo fern needs water is to stick your finger into the soil. If it feels dry, it is time to give your plant a drink.

Kangaroo fern is also adaptive to bottom watering. Simply place the pot in a tray or sink filled with a few inches of water and allow the plant to soak up water from the bottom.

Once the soil is moist, remove the pot from the water and allow it to drain. Do not leave your kangaroo fern sitting in water, as this can lead to root rot.

How and what should I fertilise my kangaroo fern with?

Fertilizing your kangaroo fern is important to keep it healthy and growing. Use a balanced, water-soluble fertilizer and apply it every two weeks during the spring and summer months.

During the fall and winter, you can reduce the frequency of fertilisation to once a month or skip it alltogether.

It is best to fertilize your kangaroo fern after watering it so that the roots can absorb the nutrients.

How to repot kangaroo fern?

Kangaroo ferns can be repotted at any time of the year. However, the best time to repot them is during the spring.

To repot your kangaroo fern, simply choose a pot that is one size larger than the current pot and fill it with fresh potting mix (ensure that the pix is porous – use soil mix along with half of peat moss, coco coir, or leaf mold)

Gently remove your kangaroo fern from its current pot and place it in the new pot.

Water your kangaroo fern well after repotting and be sure to place it in a spot that meets its light requirements.

How to propagate kangaroo fern?

Rhizomes division:

Kangaroo ferns can be easily propagated by rhizomes division. To do this, simply remove the plant from its pot, expose the rhizomes and divide it into two or three sections.

Each section should have several leaves and some roots. Replant each section in its own pot filled with fresh potting mix.

Water your kangaroo ferns well after propagation and place them in a spot that meets their light requirements.

Kangaroo fern can be grown with seeds as well.

Spores propagation:

Kangaroo ferns can also be propagated by spores.

To do this, simply remove a leaf from the plant and place it on a piece of paper. Ensure they have brown spores, not green.

Fold the paper in half so that the spores are enclosed. Place the paper in a zip-lock bag and store it in a cool, dark place for two to three weeks.

After a few weeks, remove everything from the folded paper except for the spores. You can now plant them in pots filled with fresh potting mix.

Water your kangaroo ferns well after propagation and place them in a spot that meets their light requirements and humidity requirement.

Remember, the soil mix needs to be constantly moist for the kangaroo ferm to propagate successfully.

Taking care of your kangaroo fern

Burned Foliage:

If the leaves of your kangaroo fern are turning brown and crispy, it is likely due to too much direct sunlight.

Move your plant to a spot that receives indirect light or filtered light.

Another reason could be excessive fertilization. If this, is you, cut back on the amount of fertilizer you are using or stop fertilizing your plant altogether.

Yellow Foliage:

If the leaves of your kangaroo fern are turning yellow, it could be due to a number of reasons.

One possibility is that your plant is not getting enough light. Move it to a spot that receives indirect or filtered light.

It could also be due to too much water. Make sure you are allowing the soil to dry out in between waterings.

Finally, it could be due to a lack of nutrients. Use a balanced, water-soluble fertilizer and apply it every two weeks during the spring and summer months.

Droopy fronds:

If the fronds of your kangaroo fern are drooping, it is likely due to dry weather and lack of humidity. Make sure you are watering your plant regularly and misting it with water daily.

You can also place a humidity tray under your plant to increase the moisture in the air around it. To make a humidity tray, simply fill a dish with gravel or rocks and add water until it reaches just below the surface of the gravel.

Place your plant on top of the gravel and make sure the bottom of the pot is not touching the water. The evaporation from the water will increase the humidity around your plant.

If you want to increase the humidity around your kangaroo fern, you can also use a humidifier. Simply place the humidifier near your plant and turn it on. The humidifier will release water vapor into the air, which will increase the humidity around your plant.

Droopy fronds could also be because of temperatures either too cold or too warm.

Fronds falling off the plant:

If the fronds of your kangaroo fern are falling off the plant, it is likely of underwatering.

Make sure you are watering your plant regularly and misting it with water daily.

Mushy roots:

If the roots of your kangaroo fern are mushy, it is likely of overwatering.

Allow the soil to dry out in between waterings and make sure the pot has drainage holes to allow excess water to drain out.

You can also remove the plant from its pot and inspect the roots for root rot. If you see any mushy or black roots, cut them off with a sharp knife. Ensure that the part that can cause root rot again is off the plant.

Replant the kangaroo fern in a new pot filled with fresh potting mix and water it well. Be sure to place the plant in a spot that meets its light requirements.

Green or dark dots on the undersides of the fronds:

If you see green or dark dots on the undersides of the fronds, it is not a problem at all. They are spores and they are normal to ferns. As the mature, they turn into brown spots.

If you want to propagate your kangaroo fern, collect the spores and read about spore propagation here.

Webbing on the leaves:

This is caused by spider mites and can be treated by spraying the plant with water or an insecticidal soap.

Scale insects:

To get rid of scale insects, you can either spray the plant with water or an insecticidal soap. You can also remove them by hand with a cotton swab dipped in rubbing alcohol.

Besides spider mites and scales, your kangaroo fern might get infested with aphids or slugs. 

Is your kangaroo fern dying?

If your kangaroo fern is dying, it is likely due to one of the following reasons:

Too much sun:

If the leaves of your kangaroo fern are turning yellow or brown, it could be because the plant is getting too much sun. Move your plant to a spot that receives indirect or filtered light.

Too little light:

If you kangaroo fern has fewer “fingers” on the “paw” and a simpler structure or leggy structure, it could be because the plant is not getting enough light. Move your plant to a spot that receives indirect or filtered light.

Too much water:

If the leaves of your kangaroo fern are turning yellow or brown, it could also be because you are watering the plant too much. Allow the soil to dry out in between waterings.

If the roots are mushy, you can remove the plant from its pot and inspect the roots. If you see any mushy or black roots, cut them off with a sharp knife. Ensure that the part that can cause root rot again is off the plant.

Replant the kangaroo fern in a new pot filled with fresh potting mix and water it well. Be sure to place the plant in a spot that meets its light requirements.

Too little humidity:

If the leaves of your kangaroo fern are curling, it could be because the air around the plant is too dry.

To increase the humidity around your plant, you can use a humidifier or place the plant on a pebble tray.

A pebble tray is a tray filled with water and pebbles. The water will evaporate and increase the humidity around the plant.

You can also mist the plant with water daily.

FAQ – Kangaroo Fern

Is the kangaroo paw fern a good fern for beginners??

The Kangaroo Paw fern is a good fern for beginners because it is easy to care for and does not require a lot of maintenance.

Are kangaroo paw ferns poisonous to cats?

There is absolutely no information on the internet that suggests that Kangaroo Paw Ferns are poisonous to cats. However, if you are concerned, it is always best to err on the side of caution and keep your fern out of reach of your cat.

Are kangaroo paw ferns poisonous to dogs?

There is absolutely no information on the internet that suggests that Kangaroo Paw Ferns are poisonous to dogs. However, if you are concerned, it is always best to err on the side of caution and keep your fern out of reach of your dog.

How to display a kangaroo paw fern?

There are a few different ways that you can display your Kangaroo Paw fern. You can keep it in its pot and place it on a table or shelf.

You can also hang it up on a wall using hooks or nails.

Or you can place it in a larger planter or pot and put it on the ground.

Is it recommended to keep the kangaroo paw fern outside in summer??

The Kangaroo fern does best in humid environments, so it is not recommended to keep it outside in summer. However, if you live in an area with high humidity, you can keep it outside. Just make sure to bring it indoors if the temperature starts to drop or if it under harsh sunlight.

How do you take care of a kangaroo fern?

To take care of a kangaroo fern, water it regularly and mist it with water daily. Place it in a spot that meets its light requirements.

If you see any pests on the plant, spray it with water or an insecticidal soap. You can also remove pests by hand with a cotton swab dipped in rubbing alcohol.

Are kangaroo ferns easy to care for?

Yes, kangaroo ferns are easy to care for. They do not require a lot of maintenance and are relatively low-maintenance plants.

How much light does a kangaroo fern need?

Kangaroo ferns need indirect light or filtered sunlight. They should not be placed in direct sunlight as this can scorch the leaves.

Can kangaroo fern live outside?

Kangaroo ferns can live outside, but they prefer humid environments. If you live in an area with high humidity, you can keep your kangaroo fern outside. Just make sure to bring it indoors if the temperature starts to drop or if it is under harsh sunlight.

Can you grow kangaroo paw from cuttings?

Yes, you can grow kangaroo paw from cuttings. We have discussed methods of propagation uptop.

How big does a kangaroo fern grow?

Kangaroo ferns can grow to be about 2-3 feet tall.

Why is my kangaroo paw fern dying?

There are a few reasons why your kangaroo paw fern might be dying. It could be because it is not getting enough water, it is not getting enough light, or it could be infested with pests.

If you suspect that your plant is dying, we recommend that you take a look at our care guide to see if you are doing everything right. If you can’t figure out what is wrong, feel free to reach out to us and we will try our best to help you.

Conclusion: Kangaroo Paw Fern Care

Kangaroo ferns are beautiful, unique plants that make a great addition to any indoor space. With their delicate leaves and soft fronds, they add a touch of elegance to any room.

Kangaroo ferns are easy to care for and relatively low maintenance. With a little bit of care, your kangaroo fern will thrive and bring you joy for years to come!

Kangaroo Paw Fern Care