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Cotton Candy Fern Plant Information

By Pamela Gardapee ; Updated September 21, 2017

The cotton candy fern plant's Latin name is Nephrolepis exaltata. The fern is also known as the Suzi Wong fern, which can grow to 5 feet tall. The name of the plant describes its feel and color. The cotton candy fern has soft, fluffy chartreuse-colored fronds. The fern can be planted indoors or outdoors in large containers or hanging baskets.


Water the plant when the soil dries. The plant should be watered thoroughly and allowed to dry between waterings. The plant should be planted in a container with good drainage so that the excess water can drain out the bottom.


The Suzi Wong can be placed in an area that has morning sun or in a location with indirect sunlight. The afternoon shade is ideal for the fern to avoid excessive drying of the soil from the hot afternoon sun.


The cotton candy fern thrives in temperatures of between 60 degrees F and 80 degrees F. If the temperature drops below 60 degrees F or rises above 80 degrees F, the plant growth slows down. The plant does well in areas with medium humidity when the temperatures are ideal.

Soil and Feeding

Potting soil can be used for the cotton candy fern or you can make your own mixture of one part peat, one part course sand and one part garden soil. The ideal soil has good drainage. Fertilize the fern with a 15-5-15 (nitrogen, phosphates, potassium) fertilizer once a week.

Pest Control

The plant is prone to aphids. When the plant has aphids, use an insecticide with Orthene and Talstar to spray the plant leaves and kill the pest.


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