Lemon Buttons Fern | Plant Care Guide

Lemon Buttons Fern

Did you guys see this and think “where the heck have you been all my life”? Us too! This fern is called a lemon buttons fern, probably cos it is as cute as a button but also cos the leaves have a faint lemon scent. A-mazing.

And the best news is they are one of the easiest ferns to look after. They won’t drop their leaves or start to look brown with days and their water requirements are much less than other ferns. Yassss!

Scientific name: Nephrolepis Cordifolia AKA fishbone fern

Difficulty level – medium


This fern likes medium, indirect sunlight. Definitely, no direct sunlight or you will scorch her pretty little leaves.


These guys enjoy a moderate amount of water, keeping the soil slightly moist, but ensuring that the top 2 inches dry out between watering.


Use a moisture metre stick to check the soil every few days rather than having to dig in the soil with your finger.


Feed your fern with a slow-release fertiliser once every six months following the instructions on the packet (remember, when you receive a plant from Green Assembly, it has enough slow-release fertiliser to last the first 6 months).  During the warmer months, they like a drink of the stinky liquid fish stuff (like Seasol) once a month, again be sure to follow the dilution instructions on the packet. Then sit back and watch him sprout fresh new leaves.