Name and Care Tips for my Houseplant? Kangaroo Paw Fern

Can you tell me the name of this plant? It is from my workplace and I am going to repot it. I would like to know how to properly care for it. It rarely flowers.

Hi,

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Your plant looks like a Kangaroo Paw Fern, Microsorum diversifolium. Kangaroo Paw ferns have firm, leathery fronds that are oddly shaped and vary in size; they are an example of rhizomatous ferns. The Kangaroo Paw fern grows to be about a foot tall but can spread out to 2-3 feet in width.  This is a very different looking fern and looks great in a hanging basket. are and

Here are some care tips for growing a Kangaroo Paw fern. 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.. If placed outside, keep in the shade. Water: Water when the top 50% of the soil has dried out. Water well enough so that it comes out the drip holes in the bottom of the pot. Never allow the plant to sit in water. fertilizerPlants need fertilizer only when they are actively growing. Slow growing plants in low light require very little plant food. Too much fertilizer is worse than not enough. Most plants prefer a water soluble plant food at 1/2 the recommended strength. Plants that are in bloom or dormant should not be fertilized. Houseplant food contains nitrogen (N), phosphorus (P), and potassium (K). A fertilizer containing these elements in equal proportion is considered a balanced plant food. Nitrogen helps in photosynthesis and encourages the growth of leaves and stems. Potassium and phosphorus also help in photosynthesis and aid in root and flower development. Most fertilizers have trace elements of other minerals that are lacking in the soil but are necessary for good plant growth. Fertilizers have a high salt content. If a plant is not producing new leaves and doesn’t absorb the fertilizer, salts build up in the soil. These salts can burn the roots, discolor the leaves, and cause new growth to be small.  : Feed monthly in the spring and summer with a balanced plant food diluted to 1/2 the recommended strength. Never feed in the fall and winter. Too much fertilizerPlants need fertilizer only when they are actively growing. Slow growing plants in low light require very little plant food. Too much fertilizer is worse than not enough. Most plants prefer a water soluble plant food at 1/2 the recommended strength. Plants that are in bloom or dormant should not be fertilized. Houseplant food contains nitrogen (N), phosphorus (P), and potassium (K). A fertilizer containing these elements in equal proportion is considered a balanced plant food. Nitrogen helps in photosynthesis and encourages the growth of leaves and stems. Potassium and phosphorus also help in photosynthesis and aid in root and flower development. Most fertilizers have trace elements of other minerals that are lacking in the soil but are necessary for good plant growth. Fertilizers have a high salt content. If a plant is not producing new leaves and doesn’t absorb the fertilizer, salts build up in the soil. These salts can burn the roots, discolor the leaves, and cause new growth to be small.   causes brown leaf tips.

You can read all my care tips for a kangaroo Paw fern in the Popular Houseplant section of the website.