Cretan Brake Fern – How to Grow Care Guide

Please tell me what kind of plant this is and how to take care of it.


Green and white Cretan Brake Fern

Cretan Brake Fern
Pteris cretica

Your plant is a type of Cretan Brake fern. Here is another variety of the same fern.

Green and white Silver Cretan Brake Fern

Silver Cretan Brake Fern

This is an easy fern to have as a houseplant. Two things to avoid are dry air and allowing the soil to totally dry out. Fronds die, turn yellow, or the tips turn brown when the air is too dry or the soil is too dry. Here are some care tips for you.

Light: bright indirect lightVery few houseplants should be placed in direct sun. High light refers only to bright indirect light since direct sun often burns the leaves of indoor houseplants. An area that is too hot and dry encourages Spider Mites and causes blooms to quickly fade. A northern exposure really doesn't provide enough light for high light plants. These plants need to be placed directly in front of an east-facing window, within 1-3 feet of a west-facing window, and within 5 ft. of a south facing window. A high light area has over 300 ft. candles of light. but no direct sun.

Water: Keep soil barely moist al all times.

Plant Food: Feed monthly in spring and summer. Always dilute your plant food to 1/2 the recommended strength

Humidity: A Cretan Brake Fern really needs high humidity. If the air in your home is very dry, consider setting your fern on a wet pebble tray. Fill a shallow dish with a 2″ layer of small stones or pebbles. Fill saucer with water until only top 1/4 of the pebbles are out of the water.  Set the plant on the pebbles, making sure it is sitting on dry pebbles and not in the water. Replace the water as it evaporates into the air.