Hi there Judy
I recently bought a pretty little fern that I think is a Kangoaroo Fern. I only had it a few days when suddenly its leaves all dried out and curled up. We did have a sudden hot day, but it wasn’t in the sun. The soil was dry to touch though, so I watered it and have made sure it has been kept moist. It doesn’t look completely dead – there are a few live leaves. What should I do? It makes me so sad to see it now! Maree
Is this what your Kangaroo Fern looks like? Could you email me a picture of your plant so I can see what the problem is?
It does sound like the fern may have dried out too much. You need to water a Kangaroo Fern when the top 50% of the soil has dried out. When watering, give the plant enough water so that it drains out the bottom drip holes. Kangaroo Ferns like warm temperatures (70-75 degrees) in the spring, summer, and fall, but prefer cooler temperatures (60-65 degrees) and brighter light in the winter. You can read more about Kangaroo Ferns in the Popular HousePlant section of the website.