'Kimberley Queen' Australian Sword Fern, Queen Fern Nephrolepis obliterata
This massive, brawny fern forms a giant, cascading mound of bright green, glossy fronds that can reach four feet in length. It dwarfs Boston ferns by comparison. Macho fern needs little light to thrive, so this is the perfect fern to use in large urns on a covered porch or patio, or in large hanging baskets under the eaves of a building. Just be sure to give it plenty of moisture and site it out of the way of strong winds and afternoon sun. Since macho fern requires well-drained soil, it is more commonly grown in containers rather than in the landscape. It makes a magnificent monoculture container and if you can’t bear to part with it at the end of the season, you can bring it inside and grow it as a houseplant.Adaptable As HouseplantFoliage InterestDeadheading Not NecessaryResists:DeerRabbits
CharacteristicsPlant Type:AnnualHeight Category:TallGarden Height:24 - 36 InchesSpacing:18 - 24 InchesSpread:24 - 36 InchesFoliage Colors:GreenFoliage Shade:GreenHabit:MoundedContainer Role:Filler
Plant NeedsLight Requirement:Bright LightLight Requirement:Full ShadeLight Requirement:Part Shade to Shade
The optimum amount of sun or shade each plant needs to thrive: Full Sun (6+ hours), Part Sun (4-6 hours), Full Shade (up to 4 hours).Maintenance Category:EasyBloom Time:Grown for FoliageHardiness Zones:9a, 9b, 10a, 10b, 11a, 11bWater Category:AverageUses:Bright SpacesUses:ContainerUses Notes:
Large, graceful fronds. It is agreat in containers of all types, including hanging baskets. It has an upright bushy habit. They can be grown outside in warm climates or through the summer in cold winter locations. This fern is also a wonderful houseplant.Maintenance Notes:
Kimberley is easy to care for and adaptable as a houseplant. As with all ferns, high humidity and consistently moist soils are necessary for the plants to thrive. Overly saturated plants, however, will struggle to survive.
Indoors the plants will do well in a bright window with indirect light.
Water in ground plants deeply, keep containers consistently moist.
Fertilizer isn't needed regularly, but feeding your plants a few times a year, will help with performance.
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