Why is My Kangaroo Fern Dying? Leaf Dropping, Brown Spots and Other Issues

The kangaroo fern is a very popular house plant. It’s easy to grow and thrives in low light environments, but sometimes it can be hard to tell what’s killing your kangaroo fern. If you are experiencing leaf drop, brown spots or other issues with your plant, read on for some quick tips that will help get things back on the right track!

Why is My Kangaroo Fern Dying?

Overwatering, low humidity, excessive sunlight, and temperatures outside of 50-75 degrees range are often causes for a kangaroo fern to die.

The kangaroo fern is considered one of the easiest indoor plants to grow, and even a dying plant can be revived with some effort. Here are some of the problems that may arise with this plant and how to troubleshoot them:

Temperature and sunlight

The temperature should be 50-75 degrees Farenheit when possible but any lower than 55 can cause yellowing which indicates that plant needs warmer temperatures. Consider growing in a north window where windows receive less direct sunlight during winter months when nights are shorter and days are longest (away from east facing window). Move plants indoors if outside temperature dips below.

So how much sunlight does a kangaroo plant need? well, they will need at least four to six hours of in-direct sunlight each day, but will grow significantly faster when given eight hours per day.

However, it’s worth noting that kangaroo ferns cannot tolerate direct sunlight for long periods of time. Too much sunlight can damage the plant and lead to leaf loss.


Brown spots on the leaves might indicate a nutrient deficiency in the soil. You can add some fertilizer that is specifically made for indoor mosses and ferns into your potting mix to help improve these symptoms!

If you’re using an all-purpose plant food, try adding some more nitrogen next time around. A lack of light could also be causing brown leaf tips as well so make sure you keep it near a window with plenty of natural sunlight coming through!


If your kangaroo fern is not getting enough water – it can start to look limp and get brown spots on the leaves. This could be caused by a lack of humidity or just too-dry air conditions in the home. You may also have forgotten to water for some time, so try watering again (about once every week).

If over-watering is causing root rot remove excess soil from potting container and allow top inch of soil to dry out between watering sessions.


Too much or too little fertilizing will quickly cause problems for many plants including kangaroo ferns! Check that you are using either an organic product with low phosphorous content or a houseplant nutrient without high levels of nitrogen. Example products include Miracle-Gro® Indoor Plant Food.


pests can also kill your kangaroo fern plant. In fact, depending on the type of pest, they can get you even when your fern seems healthy.

Firstly, spider mites cause damage to plant leaves and also produce webbing or “spider webs” that look like small clumps of cotton. They use their sucking mouthparts (known as a chelicera) to pierce plants’ cells and suck out juices.

This weakens the plant tissue, making it susceptible to other pests and diseases including fungus infection which will quickly kill your kangaroo fern if left untreated!

Spider Mite Prevention: To prevent an infestation from happening you should keep indoor humidity levels high by misting often- especially in dry locations or during winter months when heating dries out homes.

Secondly, mealy bugs are another common pest that can cause leaf loss and brown spots to appear on the leaf surfaces. They produce a sticky secretion from their mouthparts (known as stylets) which is used for feeding – this sticks them permanently onto plant leaves where they suck out juices before leaving frass behind in different shapes such as cotton wads or round pellets.

Mealy Bug Prevention: To prevent an infestation you should remove any dead wood near your ferns indoors or outdoors- some people like to burn it! When watering plants make sure not to over water because this creates mouldy environments perfect for pests


So, does a kangaroo plant like humidity? Yes, they do. When it comes to humidity, your kangaroo ferns will need a relative humidity of at least fifty percent.

Kangaroo fern is native to the wet, temperate climates where it thrives. It feels dry and nearly parched in more arid environments.

However, too much humidity can cause the plant’s leaves to yellow and fall off – this is because high levels of water from the air or soil create an environment for disease causing fungi to grow which attack plants’ leaves.

The best way to ensure that you provide enough moisture in your home without creating too many problems with excess humidity is by misting plants occasionally or using a humidifier if needed.


So, that’s how to stop a kangaroo plant from dying! To summarize, make sure your kangaroo plant has enough water and humidity, and make sure to keep it in the right environment. If you want more information on how much light a kangaroo fern needs or how often it should be watered, just get in touch with me!

If you have any other questions about this blog post please let me know by commenting below.

A few more kangaroo plant care tips:

– Avoid too much sunlight or heat

– Make sure your plant has enough light and water, but not to the point of over watering. Too much water can cause root rot in kangaroo plants.

Plus, make sure you keep it away from drafts as well! A drafty environment will dry out a kangaroo fern faster than anything else could.

– Take care when repotting your plant because its roots are sensitive and break easily if mishandled during this process. Follow these tips closely for best results with your kangaroo fern!