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Kangaroo Paw Fern

Kangaroo Paw Fern

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Ferns are some of the prettiest, most elegant houseplants out there, but they can be a bit finicky to grow. If you love the look of ferns but have trouble keeping them happy, it might be time to try growing a kangaroo paw fern. These lush plants are relatively adaptable and forgiving compared to other fern varieties and are fast-growing. In the right conditions, they will grow quickly and vigorously. This native of Australia and New Zealand is so named because its mature leaves resemble the shape of a kangaroo’s foot. These bright green, shiny-textured leaves on long, thin stems will grow thick and full with proper care and the right growing conditions.

It is best to keep your kangaroo paw fern’s soil moist, but not soggy. Feed your plant with standard houseplant fertilizer diluted to half-strength once per month during the spring and summer growing season. Avoid fertilizing and cut back on watering during fall and winter when the plant's growth goes dormant. In the right conditions, kangaroo paw ferns can grow vigorously and spread their fronds widely. To keep it contained, it may need to be pruned back occasionally. You can also help control the plant’s size by keeping it in a smaller pot. 

If you notice any brown, dry, or crispy leaves on your plant, trim them off at the base. If the leaves get dusty, you can wipe them down gently with a damp cloth or paper towel. 

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