Kangaroo Paw Fern
Plant Care,  Propagation

Kangaroo Paw Fern

Welcome to our guide to the Kangaroo Paw Fern all to you need to know about care and propagation

Kangaroo Paw Fern Care Summary

Light needs:Medium to bright indirect sunlight.
Watering needs:Check twice a week and water when top 50% of soil is dry. 
Fertilizer:Use a balanced feed monthly in summer.
Soil:A rich compost with 20% added perlite.
Temperature:15-25°C (59-77°F).
Where to buy:Try our list of Rare Plant Shops.
Other names:Microsorum diversifolium.
Common issues:Lack of moisture due to underwatering or lack of humidity.


Microsorum diversifolium a.k.a the kangaroo paw fern is a tough rhizomatous fern.

See also: Maidenhair Fern, Lemon Button Fern, Button Fern, Macho Fern (Nephrolepis Biserrata), Birds Nest Fern Care, Blue Star Fern, Rabbit’s Foot Fern Care.

Kangaroo Paw Fern Light Needs

Give them medium to bright indirect sunlight, but avoid direct sun.

How Often To Water

Check the plant twice a week and water it when the top 50% of soil is dry. Make sure the water drains away and does not get left in the saucer at the bottom, as that can water log the plan.t They like to be kept moist but not soaking wet.


Use a really well diluted balanced plant feed every month in the summer months.

Kangaroo Paw Fern Soil

Kangaroo ferns like a rich potting compost that is well draining. You could add 20% perlite to a good potting compost.

When to Repot

Check the plant in spring time and repot them if the roots are starting to get crowded.


They like to be kept humid, aim for 50-60%


In the day time they like to be kept at 15-25°C (59-77°F), don’t let them get down to below 10°C (50°F) at night if you can help it.

Can Kangaroo Paws Flower All Year?

They can flower for most of the year if their care needs are met.

Where Do Kangaroo Paw Fern Grow?

They are native to parts of Australia and New Zealand.

Is Kangaroo Paw Fern Toxic To Cats?

They are not toxic to cats.

How to Propagate Kangaroo Paw Fern

Kangaroo ferns can be propagated by splitting at the rhizome. You need to take the plant out of its pot and remove as much soil as possible and then use a knife to cut the rhizome, take part of the rhizome and then pot that up separately and let a new plant grow from it. If the plant is big enough you can take a small part of the plant with the rhizome.

Other Names

Microsorum diversifolium

Where To Buy

Try our list of Rare Plant Shops.

FAQs and Common Problems

Lack of moisture due to underwatering or lack of humidity are common issues that cause leaf dropping or browning. Make sure you water it properly and keep it humid.

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There you have it, here ends our guide to this beautiful plant. You might also like our other articles:

Macho Fern (Nephrolepis Biserrata), Birds Nest Fern Care, Blue Star Fern, Rabbit’s Foot Fern Care.

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