Hemionitis leaves

Hemionitis (Heart Fern)

We love Ferns. Green, bushy and fluffy: what’s not to love! Do you also like Fern plants? Then let me introduce you to another fern family: the Hemionitis family! This is a genus of fern that originates from tropical America. Some of them also come from Asia. The particularity of these fern, is that they’re an epiphytic genus. As they’re all Fern-like, these plants grow pretty quickly and get a substantial size.

Hemionitis plant care tips

Light and placement for Hemionitis

Your Hemionitis plants will love some bright but indirect light, nut can even thrive in shaded areas. Direct sun can scorch her beautiful leaves, so be careful with that. As the species are all Fern-like, finding a place with a lot of humidity is the best option for your Hemionitis. She will enjoy a spot in your bathroom, but if you decide to put your green friend in a place with a weak amount of humidity, don’t forget to spray her often with water in your water sprayer or place a Geurwolkje Humidifier!


The Hemionitis genus originates from humid locations, so we can understand that they like inconsistently moist soil, but not too wet! If you overwater your green friend, she will show it to you in a dramatic way by curling her leaves. Watering your Hemionitis two times a week directly on the soil is the best way to help her keep her beautiful foliage.


Species in the Hemionitis genus are not very hungry, so your plants don’t need to be fertilised frequently. However, she will never say no to a little nutrient boost during Spring and Summer. You can give her half the amount of PLNTS Nutrition needed for any other plant once a month.

Hemionitis plant

Propagating Hemionitis

As every fern in many different genus and species, it’s possible to propagate them through spore germination. However, this way is really long and complicated, and we know our beloved PLNTSlovers are way too impatient (just like us) to wait for so long. So we are happy to tell you that you can also propagate your favourite Hemionitis by division! Make sure to loose the soil before, so the roots can be divided more easily as they’re originally really compact. Use clean and sharp pruning shears, scissors or knife to slice through the part you want to repot. After reporting every part, give it a good splash of water. Little PLNTS tip: cover your new cuttings with a dome or plastic bag to decrease the stress of your plants.

Most common pests on Hemionitis

Like most houseplants, Hemionitis Fern are sensitive to pests like scales, aphids, fungus gnats and whiteflies. These pesky insects attack them, and slow the growth of your green beauty by absorbing the nutrients that are supposed to make her thrive. So be sure to often check your plant to prevent your green friend from being weakened by pests. For that, you can check our PLNTSdoctor page to recognise and eliminate your plant pests!

Are Hemionitis poisonous for your pets or children?

The Hemionitis family is considered safe for your four legged friends and your children. The only thing you have to fear is your beloved furry partner to chew your plant!

Hemionitis plant for sale

Here at PLNTS.com, we have the most widely known Hemionitis, the beautiful heart-shaped lady: let me introduce you to the Hemionitis Arifolia! The good thing is that we have her as a BabyPLNTS, if you want to see her grow in a beautiful and mature hanging plant, but if you are too impatient we also have her in a mature size. Here at PLNTS.com, we cover all your crazy plant dreams!

Ciao, sono Emma, la tua guida PLNTS.com!

Ciao, sono Emma, la tua guida PLNTS.com!