Mahogany Fern Care Guide

Known for its curled leaves and fanned spread of scalloping segments, the Mahogany Fern always makes your space richer. Its lush appearance and densely populated stems give it an enchanting look that welcomes all guests with an amazing sight. Little care goes into getting the best out of your Mahogany Fern, making it perfect for new plant parents.



Mahogany Ferns like to be moist, but not saturated or dry. It does not do well with drought! Water when the top inch is dry, which you can figure out by using a moisture meter or poking your finger into the dirt up to your first knuckle. This means you will end up watering at least weekly during the spring and summer, but cut back slightly during the fall/winter.

Light and humidity

Ferns looooooove high humidity and to be kept in moist – not soggy – soil. Don’t let it dry out between waterings or it will start crisping at the edges! They also like bright, indirect light, though they are able to adapt to lower light. Too much light will burn their delicate fronds.

Soil and fertilizer

Keep the Mahogany Fern in clean, well-draining soil. Since they prefer to be slightly moist, it is imperative that the soil drains well, otherwise it can lead to root rot. Make sure to empty the drainage tray of the pot, too, so it is not left standing in water. Fertilize monthly with a regular houseplant fertilizer diluted with water – they do not like too much power!

Cleaning and pruning

Clean the leaves of your Mahogany Fern by gently misting it with water. Pruning encourages new growth, and is something you should be regularly anyway for maintenance. Simply use clean, sharp scissors to cut the stems at the soil line.


Ferns can be propagated from cuttings placed directly into soil, making them simple to grow. For an added boost, you can dip the edge of the stems into a growth hormone before potting. It is best to do this in spring for healthy growth.


Mahognay Ferns don’t need to be repotted frequently, so look to increase their space only every 18-24 months. Try to repot during the spring or summer, during the growing season.


Remember: Mahogany Ferns need additional humidity, so you may even wish to add a tray with pebbles and water underneath it to keep it happy. The best part? These gorgeous plants are non-toxic AND pet-friendly!

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