Blue Star Fern
Ferns,  Plant Care

Blue Star Fern

The key to caring for a blue star fern is to be careful of heavy wet soil as this plant is an epiphyte…

Blue Star Fern Summary

Light needs:Medium to bright indirect sunlight.
Watering needs:Water when the top half of the soil is dry, check it once a week.
Fertilizer:Use a balanced fertilizer once a month in summer.
Soil:Very well draining soil with 25% perlite.
Temperature:18-26ºC (64-79ºF).
Where to buy:Try one of these Rare Plant Shops.
Common issues:Root rot.


The phlebodium blue star a.k.a. the blue star fern. It is known for it’s blue-ish almost silver leaves.

See also: Macho Fern (Nephrolepis Biserrata), Peacock Fern, Kangaroo Paw Fern, Birds Nest Fern Care, Rabbit’s Foot Fern Care, Sprengeri Fern (Asparagus Fern).

Blue Star Fern Light Needs

Medium to bright indirect sunlight is ideal. They tend to be happy anywhere, except in indirect sun.

How Often to Water

Water when the top half of the soil is dry, check it once a week. They must not sit in waterlogged soil, they can get root rot relatively easily as they do not live in heavy soil in their natural habitat.

Blue Star Fern Fertilizer

Use a balanced fertilizer once a month in the summer to encourage growth.


A standard potting will be too heavy, you need to make sure you have some really good drainage in it, like perlite and orchid bark. At the very least, add 25% perlite to the mix to ensure that the roots do not get water logged. The plant is an epiphyte naturally which means it grows in bark up in trees, not in the soil on the ground, so normal soil is likely to be too heavy for it and cause root rot.

When To Repot A Blue Star Fern

Repot once a year in Spring to renew the nutrients in the potting mix and pot it up a bigger size if the roots are crowded.


50-60% humidity is ideal, spray them occasionally, or put a pebble tray of water underneath them.


They do best in the range 18-26ºC (64-79ºF), so they’ll be fine in most houses.

Blue Star Fern Propagation

To propagate a blue star fern, divide it at the roots. Follow these steps:

  1. Empty the plant from it’s pot
  2. Take as much of the soil as possible away from the roots, you can do this by dunking the roots in a bowl of water to loosen them.
  3. Separate the plants out at the base. It is important that you take some of the roots and rhizome with each plant. You may need to break the roots or rhizome at times, but try to minimize the damage as much as possible.
  4. Let the new plants callous over for a couple of hours
  5. Pot them plants back up separately and water them.

Where To Buy

Try your local plant store, if not try Etsy.

Other Names

Phlebodium blue star.

Blue Star Fern

FAQs and Common Problems

Root rot can be an issue, especially if the soil or pot is not well-draining enough, the plant must be in a really well draining medium.

Blue Star Fern Fuzzy Roots

So, what are the fuzzy roots all about then? If you can see the fuzzy roots at the top of the pot what you are actually seeing is the rhizome, which is like a bulb that the plant shoots leaves upwards from and roots downwards.

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