How to Care for a Kangaroo Fern

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    • 1). Prepare a mixture of about 3 parts potting compost to 1 part perlite or coarse sand. This produces a well-draining planting medium.

    • 2). Tap the kangaroo fern out of its original container. These ferns are often sold already slightly root-bound condition.

    • 3). Transfer the fern to a large plant pot, gently packing the soil mixture around it. Place the pot on a saucer and situate away from continuous direct sunlight. Although kangaroo ferns sometimes grow in sunny locations in the wild, they prefer partial shade.

    • 4). Water the fern well using rainwater if possible. If rainwater is unavailable, leaving tap water in a bucket overnight dechlorinates it. Keep the medium slightly damp, but if water starts pooling in the saucer, discontinue watering for a couple of days. Kangaroo ferns need moisture but do not grow well in waterlogged soil.

    • 5). Fertilize the fern once or twice a year using a diluted fertilizer for houseplants.

    • 6). Wipe the leaves occasionally with a damp cloth to remove dust. Remove dead fronds as they appear.

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