Kangaroo Paw Fern

A Kangaroo Paw fern (Microsorum diversifolium), native to Australia and some parts of New Zealand, is a type of epiphytic evergreen with firm, leathery, shiny green, oddly- shaped fronds that vary in size. This is a short fern that grows to be about a foot tall, but its fronds can spread outwards 2-3 feet or more. A Kangaroo Paw fern does not need much fertilizer and likes to be warm. This is a unique looking, easy care fern that is very attractive in a hanging basket or set on a table in a pretty pot.



What Are the Things That People Call “Feet” on Rabbit’s Foot and Kangaroo Paw Ferns?

The “feet” on Rabbit’s Foot and Kangaroo Ferns are really rhizomes that grow across the top of the soil surface and sometimes even grow over part of the pot.

My Kangaroo Paw Fern Has Brown Bumps on the Underside of the Leaves. Is This a Pest or Something Else?

If the bumps are raised with a hard exterior and you can scrape them off, it is scalescale is a plant insect that you can read about in the Glossary of the website. If the bumps are flat and part of the leaf they are spores which are used for propagation.

My Ferns Are Looking Pale and Sad. What Should I Do to Help Them Look Better?

The tired, pale appearance of indoor ferns can usually be improved by putting them outside in a shady protected location once the weather gets warm. Water with rain water if possible and let them enjoy the fresh air.