Bold and beautiful, Kimberly queen fern (also called sword fern because the fronds are straight and narrow) is easy to grow. The dark green fronds are perfect for adding tropical texture to shaded decks, patios, and other outdoor living areas. It's particularly striking in large containers as a specimen plant, but also plays well with other shade-loving tropicals including gingers, heliconias, and caladiums. Or, pair it with traditional shade-loving annuals such as New Guinea impatiens, golden sweet potato vine, or begonias.

Plant Profile
Botanical Name Nephrolepis obliterata
Features Bold and beautiful, Kimberly queen fern (also called sword fern because the fronds are straight and narrow) is easy to grow. The dark green fronds are perfect for adding tropical texture to shaded decks, patios, and other outdoor living areas. It's particularly striking in large containers as a specimen plant, but also plays well with other shade-loving tropicals including gingers, heliconias, and caladiums. Or, pair it with traditional shade-loving annuals such as New Guinea impatiens, golden sweet potato vine, or begonias.
Exposure Shade to Partial Shade
Hardiness Zone USDA Zones 9-11
Mature Size 3-5' Tall, 1-2' Wide
Genus Description Genus of about 30 species of evergreen or semi-evergreen, epiphytic and terrestrial ferns from rainforest or more open habitats in tropical and subtropical regions worldwide. They have short, erect rhizomes, usually with numerous runners. The dense clusters of pinnate fronds may be erect, spreading, or pendent. Pinnate are usually linear and simple, but may be divided, forked, or crisped in cultivars, of which there are many.
Care Tips
Cultivation Under glass: grow in a mix of 1 part loam, 2 parts sharp sand, and 3 parts leaf mold, in bright light with moderate to high humidity and good ventilation. In the growing season, water moderately and apply a half-strength, balanced liquid fertilizer monthly. Water sparingly in winter. Outdoors: grow in moderately fertile, moist but well-drained, humus-rich soil in partial shade. Were not hardy, grow in a temperate greenhouse or as houseplants; in warmer climates, grow in moist, shady sites among shrubs.
Pests and Diseases Aerial blight, leaf spots, root rots, spider mites, scale insects, and mealybugs may occur.

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