Lemon Button Fern - 36vine
Lemon Button Fern - 36vine

Lemon Button Fern


I'm the Lemon Button Fern, the best type of fern in my opinion. I get my name because during my active growing season, I give off the warmest and most refreshing lemony scent. I am quite small and only ever reach heights of 1' tall. If you have had troubles finding a fern that you can keep alive, then I am the plant for you. I can tolerate low light to bright, indirect light making me very versatile to fit anywhere in your home. I am great at boosting humidity and am also safe to be around your pets.


Difficulty Level: easy to care for

Light Needed: low to bright indirect light

Water: keep the soil slightly moist

Plant Traits: low light tolerant, pet-friendly, air purifying, easy to care for


The Lemon Button Fern is an easy to care for fern. It is a smaller Southern sword fern, only reaching heights of about 1' tall. The long, green and golden foliage has tiny button shaped leaves attached to every frond. It can tolerate a good amount of neglect and will still be happy as a houseplant. During the growing season, the plant can actually give off a slight lemony scent. It is a natural air humidifier and helps to purify the air around you. It is non-toxic and safe to be around your pets.

Botanical Name: Nephrolepis cordifolia 'Duffii'

Nicknames: Lemon Button Fern, Fishbone Fern, Button Sword Fern, Erect Sword Fern, Little-leaved Sword Fern

Family: Polypodiaceae

Plant Type: Wood fern

Native To: Asia, Australia, the West Indies, Florida, Central America, and South America

Mature Size: Up to 1' tall indoors

Leaf Color: Green, golden

Leaf Shape: Long and sword-shaped

Growing Season: Spring and summer

Favorite Rooms: Bedroom, bathroom, kitchen, living room

Health Benefits: It is a natural air purifier and can clean your air of toxins



Grow Pot Size: 4" wide x 3.5" tall

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Our biodegradable grow pots are made of 50% sphagnum peat, wood fiber and lime to adjust the pH. The peat content provides a combination of superior root penetration, good drainage and aeration whilst the wood fibers strengthen the pot.

Designed for easy transplant. They are 100% compostable and approved for organic production. Simply place the entire biodegradable pot into your planter and the roots of your plant will soon grow through and decompose the pot.



Our recycled & semi-degradable eco-friendly fabric bags are made from a mix all natural fibers and recycled plastic water bottles saved from landfills. The breathable fabric allows for your plants to stay cool in the summer and provides good drainage to avoid overwatering. They provide a healthy environment for your plant to grow by pruning the roots and creating dense, healthy root structures.

These fabric bags are washable and recyclable. It will take 1-2 years for the bags to semi degrade. Use your fabric bag as a decorative planter and remove from the bag when it is time to repot. This planter is designed by Root Pouch.



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This fern can survive in anything from low to bright, indirect light. It is one of the most versatile ferns to adapt anywhere in your home. Avoid harsh, direct sun.


Water the plant regularly to ensure the soil is always slightly moist. Water about every 1-3 days during summer and once a week during cooler months. If the soil dries out a bit your plant will be able to adapt but don't let the soil get overly dry.


As a tropical plant, the ideal temperatures is 60ºF - 70ºF and it prefers warmer climates. The plant is much more picky over humidity than temperature so make sure your plant is in a humid environment. Mist the leaves in the mornings and get a humidifier if necessary to ensure this plant has enough moisture in the air.


The lemon button is a small fern that will only ever grow to about 1' tall. Feed this plant once a month in spring and summer with a half diluted fertilizer. It is a slow grower so avoid any fertilizing in fall and winter.


Repotting of your fern can be done when the roots and leaves begin to take over the entire pot. Repot with a new plant that is only 1" larger than the current size and fill it with rich, well-draining soil.


The easiest way to propagate this plant is through division. Done in early spring, gently remove your plant from its pot. Divide the plant into sections, ensuring all sections have roots and fronds. Repot into a well-draining soil and continue care routine.


This plant is non-toxic and safe to be around your pets.

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