Heart Fern (Hemionitis Arifolia) Care

Often grown as a miniature, Heart Fern has shiny, leathery green leaves that perfectly resemble a heart. The leaves rise up to 10” tall on thin, stiff, black stems. With an open form, its shape and texture add a focal point to a terrarium or windowsill garden.

For optimum care, the soil needs to be evenly moist but Heart Fern plant can withstand the dryness of the home environment as well as any shade-loving plant.


Below are some tips and tricks to best care for your Heart Fern! 


Light: Bright, indirect light. A brightly lit spot without direct sunshine is suggested. A small amount of morning sun is not a problem, and will actually help your fern to grow well. Ferns do very well in low light conditions.

Water: 3-4 days. Ferns love to remain moist at all times and never want to dry out.  Drainage is recommended to prevent the soil from becoming water-logged.

Fertilizer: If you feel the need to, you can use a balanced houseplant fertilizer once a month, or every other week in the summer.  Fertilizing is only truly necessary if the soil conditions are poor.