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Macho Fern Nephrolepis biserrata

Flower Season
  • Spring
  • Summer
  • Fall
Mature Size
4' 5' 1.2m 1.5m
Height: 3' - 4'
Spread: 3' - 5'
Height: 91cm - 1.2m
Spread: 91cm - 1.5m
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  • Details

    36 - 48 Inches
    36 - 40 Inches
    36 - 60 Inches
    91cm - 1.2m
    91cm - 1.0m
    91cm - 1.5m


    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.

    This is a large fern with bright green foliage. It can be grown indoors in bright light indoors or in part shade to shade outdoors.  

    Adaptable As Houseplant
    Foliage Interest
    Deadheading Not Necessary


    Plant Type: 
    Height Category: 
    Garden Height: 
    36 - 48 Inches 91cm - 1.2m
    36 - 40 Inches 91cm - 1.0m
    36 - 60 Inches 91cm - 1.5m
    Foliage Colors: 
    Foliage Shade: 
    Container Role: 

    Plant Needs

    Light Requirement: 
    Bright Light
    Light 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: 
    Bloom Time: 
    Grown for Foliage
    Hardiness Zones: 
    9a, 9b, 10a, 10b
    Water Category: 
    Needs Good Drainage
    Bright Spaces
    Humid Spaces
    Uses Notes: 

    Use in large containers indoors or outdoors. This plant can be grown indoors as a houseplant, or outdoors in shady spots when the temperatures are above 50 degrees.

    Maintenance Notes: 

    Grow this fern in shade to partial shade outdoors and in bright light indoors for a miniumum of 4 hours a day. It will not tolerate sun. It can be overwintered indoors. Well drained soil is crucial to success with Macho. Consistently moist soil will help it thrive, but it cannot tolerate wet soils over time or sustained dry soils. Well drained soil is necessary. Temperatures between 50 and 80 F are ideal.

  • 1 Review

    Browse reviews from people who have grown this plant.
    • Grew two of these in shady outdoor entrance (zone 8B) and they do amazingly well. These are big, glossy, impressive ferns and yet seem to be easy to please. They can get massive in this area, almost look like they belong on a Jurassic Park movie set. Somehow they don’t seem to be as well-known as other varieties but they’re gorgeous. I was asked if ours were actually real. Love.

      Virginia Charlot
      , Georgia
      , United States
      , 1 year ago
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