Java Fern (Microsorum pteropus)

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About This Product

Grows from a thick rhizome that creeps over logs and rocks attaching itself as it goes. When new plantlets form on old leaves you can remove them, when they are large enough (about 3") and attach them to new places with rubber bands or fine fishing line until they take root. Very easy to grow...does not need much light.

  • Common Name: Java Fern
  • Family Name: Polypodiaceae
  • Native To: Asia
  • Lighting: Low
  • pH: 5-8
  • Growth Demands: Easy
  • Growth Form: Rosette
  • Growth Rate: Slow
  • True Aquatic: Yes
  • Placement In Tank: Background
  • Available As: Bare Root

Customer Reviews

  • 3

    Posted by Carl Cloer on Mar 16th 2017

    Ordered three bunches...two were okay with probably three 6"-8" leaves, the third only had two, about 4" each. They are healthy though, so should do well.

  • 5
    Can't wait for it to explode

    Posted by MT on Jul 22nd 2016

    I bought 1 quantity and it came with 2 plants. Each plant has 2 healthy looking 6~10 inch leaves.

  • 5
    Healthy sizeable plant

    Posted by Stacey on Aug 22nd 2014

    Nice sized plant, very healthy.

  • 5
    good plant for your tank

    Posted by sergey krukovskiy on Jul 30th 2014

    the only plant from all plants I ordered from came in good condition full of color very satisfied with it . I will recommend to buy it to everyone

  • 2
    Very tiny plants

    Posted by Monica F. on Feb 18th 2014

    I don't know if it's a coincidence that this plant is showing "Out of Stock" right after I received my order, but I ordered 2 of these plants. I can't believe this is $9 worth of plants. Each "plant" has 1 or 2 leaves and is VERY small. All of the other plants I received were much larger. Would not order these again. Edit: Was able to contact a representative and they are sending a replacement. Will update this review once received!

  • 5
    Java fern

    Posted by bill on Feb 1st 2013

    Purchased a Java fern mat in January 2009 for $16.99. Today, some years later, they fill most of our aquariums. Best aquatic plant ever!

  • 5
    wow much larger than expected

    Posted by Brad Darnell on Jul 19th 2012

    Recieved next day air by UPS and wow it is much larger than I expected. A very nice plant for the price. I attached to a large rock with fishing line and expect it to do very well. Really nice for the money spent they included a smaller 2nd plant for free.

  • 5
    Quality, quality, quality

    Posted by Scott Westall on Jan 13th 2010

    Ordered on Fri. received on Tues. in excellent shape. Good green color no brown, just great quality plants. I really cant say enough good about the specimens that I received!

  • 3
    Good plant

    Posted by Paula on Aug 7th 2009

    Good plant - has developed several baby plants already in the few months I've had it. It does tend to collect algae while the other plants in my tank do not.

  • 5
    Great fern

    Posted by Perry on Nov 2nd 2008

    The java fern received were all very healthy, green with no browning/blackening. They are good size too, perhaps 8" leaves.