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Fern Kangaroo Medium indirect light

The Fern Kangaroo Paw (Microsorum diversifolium), also known as Kangaroo Fern, is a beautiful and unique fern species native to New Zealand and Australia. Here’s how you can grow and care for it:

  1. Light: Kangaroo Ferns prefer indirect or filtered sunlight. They thrive in bright, indirect light but can tolerate lower light conditions as well. Avoid placing them in direct sunlight as it can scorch their delicate fronds.
  2. Watering: Keep the soil evenly moist, but not waterlogged. Water the plant when the top inch of soil feels dry to the touch. Ensure that the pot has good drainage to prevent water from pooling around the roots, which can lead to root rot.
  3. Humidity: Kangaroo Ferns enjoy high humidity. Mist the plant regularly or place it on a humidity tray filled with water and pebbles to increase the moisture around the plant.
  4. Temperature: These ferns prefer temperatures between 60-75°F (16-24°C). Avoid exposing them to drafts or extreme temperature fluctuations.
  5. Soil: Plant Kangaroo Ferns in a well-draining, peat-based potting mix. You can also add some perlite or orchid bark to improve drainage.
  6. Fertilization: Feed the fern with a balanced, water-soluble fertilizer diluted to half strength during the growing season (spring and summer). Reduce fertilization in fall and winter when growth slows down.
  7. Repotting: Kangaroo Ferns prefer to be slightly root-bound, so repot only when necessary. You’ll know it’s time to repot when the roots start to outgrow the pot or when the plant becomes too crowded.
  8. Pruning: Trim off any yellow or brown fronds regularly to encourage new growth and keep the plant looking tidy.
  9. Pests and Diseases: Keep an eye out for common fern pests like scale insects and spider mites. If you notice any pests, gently wipe the fronds with a damp cloth or treat the plant with insecticidal soap.
  10. Propagation: Kangaroo Ferns can be propagated by division. Simply divide the plant at the root ball and replant the sections in separate pots. Make sure each division has some healthy roots attached.

By following these care tips, you can enjoy a thriving and lush Kangaroo Fern in your home or garden.

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