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Heart Leaf Fern

Hemionitis arifolia

Size: Small
Pot: Eco Planter
Eco Pot

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  • Pet Safe:Yes

  • Care Level:Plays Hard to Get

The unique flora of the Hemionitis Arifolia or Heart Leaf fern isn't your usual lacey shape. Instead, its heart-shaped or tongue-shaped leaves have a leathery feel to them. The stems have a velvety feel as they reach 3 to 5 inches in length. Some leaves are sterile, and some are fertile. On the forest floor, it grows as an epiphyte (grows upon other plants.)

Heart Leaf Fern
Heart Leaf Fern

About Heart Leaf Fern

The Hemionitis arifolia (Heart Leaf fern) is quite useful and an asset for medicinal purposes to treat cancer in Asian countries. This plant grows in moist, shady, and humid environments growing on the forest floor.

Care Level: Plays Hard to Get

May require extra TLC

Pet Friendly: Yes

Safe for pets!


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Fun Facts

The leaves have a leather-like texture with a heart-shape, bearing its common name.

The Heart Leaf fern grows best in conditions with lots of humidity, like a paludarium or a terrarium enclosure.

The Heart Leaf fern is an epiphyte (grows on other surfaces or plants) and absorbs its nutrients from the air and rainwater in the wild.

Heart Leaf Fern

Great For People Who…

  • Great for people who nurture their plants like their children
  • Great for people who love the tropical vibe
  • Great for people using Feng Shui
Heart Leaf Fern

Great For Spaces That…

  • Great for spaces with high humidity environment or climate
  • Great for space with a range of low to high indirect light
  • Great for space with room for a grouping of plants

Hemionitis arifolia Care Guide

  • High

    Indoors: Bright indirect light.

  • Medium

    Keep your Heart fern consistently moist but not in soggy soil. Use filtered, bottled, or tap water that is sitting 24 hours to release the chemicals and water enough to discharge out of the drainage holes. Once the water is fully drained, replace it into the cache or decorative pot.

  • High

    This heart fern enjoys and thrives in 70% humidity.

  • 60 to 85

    Warmer room temperatures and adding a humidifier to its surroundings will help it thrive.

  • 11|12

    This Heart Leaf fern thrives in bright indirect sunlight where temperatures are above 60°F and high humidity.

  • Monthly

    Apply a balanced, liquid fertilizer especially formulated for indoor plants every month. Apply during the spring, summer, and fall seasons. Let it rest during the winter.

  • 2 Years

    When receiving the Heart Fern, do not repot immediately but wait at least 6-12 months or if the roots are beginning to get crowded and growing through the drainage holes.

    Repot in the spring, using a 2 inches bigger pot to give the roots room to spread.

    Place a piece of screening at the bottom of the container over the drainage hole to secure the soil and allow it to drain. Use a rich, well-draining indoor potting mix amended with 25% compost and to help with fertility.

    Water your plant in the old pot before transferring over and let it sit an hour.

    Add soil to the bottom to elevate the root ball. Lift the plant and release the roots against the existing planter. Use a clean knife or garden trowel to wedge between the pot and the soil to loosen.

    Inspect the root ball. Notice if there are any dead or rotting roots and trim off with sterile pruners. If the plant is rootbound, cut through the roots to alleviate continued encircling.

    Ensure the plant is sitting about 1 inch below the edge of the pot to avoid water spillage. Add more soil and backfill around the sides by tamping down. Fill up to the soil line but not over.

    Water thoroughly, leaving the soil damp but not soggy. If settling occurs, add more soil.

    Water well to dampen the soil and let it drain.

  • Monthly

    If the leaves on your fern dry out or become crispy, trim off the stems down to the base. Keep the base and roots moist and new fronds will form eventually. Place it on a pebble tray to keep the humidity high. Remove any debris on the soil and replenish if necessary.

  • Division

    Propagate and divide your Heart Fern in the spring.

    Hydrate the plant the night before.

    Pull from the container and brush or wash away the soil carefully around the roots. Carefully divide or cut through the clump with a sterilized knife. Repot the fern in rich, indoor peat-based potting soil Be aware that each new plant needs several leaves with sufficient roots attached.

    Use a container 2 inches bigger than the root ball with drainage and deep enough for its roots to grow. Place the plant at the same level as the previous pot adding soil at the bottom.

    Water the soil and add more soil if settling occurs.

    Set it in medium to bright, indirect sunlight while they are rooting. Place a large, clear plastic bag, spritz with water on the interior and place over the new plant to create a humid environment.

    Check the moisture and humidity each day and add misting to keep the soil moist while the roots establish.

    After 6-8 weeks, roots will begin to establish. You can tug onto the stem to ensure the roots are anchoring well. Remove the plastic bag but keep the air humid around it with a pebble tray and misting.

Heart Leaf Fern

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