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Kimberley Queen Fern
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    Kimberley Queen Fern

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    Growing Zones: 3-11 (potted) 8-11 (in ground)
    Growing Zones: 3-11 (potted) 8-11 (in ground)
    Mature Height: 24-36 in.
    Mature Width: 24-36 in.
    Sunlight: Shade - Partial Sun
    Spacing: 24-36 in.
    Botanical: Nephrolepis obliterata (also N. cordifolia) Kimberley Queen™
    Cannot Ship to: AZ

    Upright Fern for a Bold Vertical Accent that’s Also Sun-Tolerant

    Kimberley Queen Fern (Nephrolepis obliterata Kimberley Queen™) is not your average fern. Unlike other types of ferns that have arching or cascading fronds, Kimberley Queen’s foliage stands tall in a dramatically vertical growing habit. And even though it prospers in shady locations, Kimberley Queen Fern can handle some sun, unlike its fern relatives! If you haven’t had much success growing ferns, Kimberley Queen offers a more-resilient option to fussier ferns you may have tried.

    A Sword Fern with Sharply Defined Features
    Kimberley Queen Fern is also known as the Australian Sword Fern because of the nod to its native habitat as well as the description of its distinctive foliage. It’s a fast grower that fills in bare spots before you know it, and it also creates a beautiful backdrop for lower-growing plants in front of it. Although you can easily grow Kimberley Queen in hanging baskets, it is showier when featured in patio pots and other planters. The reason for this is because its fronds do not weep downward, so you won’t be able to enjoy its striking foliage as easily if it’s hanging overhead – an eye-level or lower presentation is better. If you plant Kimberley Queen Fern in an elegant urn that you place on a pedestal, you’ll create an impressive focal point in your shady courtyard garden. To double the impact, flank both sides of your home’s entrance with potted Kimberley Queen Ferns.

    Resilient Even on Windy or Rainy Days
    Some ferns are quite delicate, and their fronds can be broken by strong winds or rainy weather. You may have been disappointed in the past when a favorite fern was flattened or broken after a driving rainstorm. But Kimberley Queen can take a beating and emerge standing strong! It’s tougher than other types of ferns, so you don’t have to place it in a protected location to keep it always looking its best.

    Design a Mixed-Fern Planting
    If you have a shady nook or woodland garden in your landscape, you can create an intriguing mixed-fern planting for a lush, tropical look. By combining different types of ferns, you can add a variety of green hues, foliage textures, and plant sizes to your shade garden. Kimberley Queen Fern is the ideal vertical complement to arching or cascading ferns. The sharply erect fronds of Kimberley Queen, for example, are the perfect counterpart to Boston Fern’s graceful, downward-curving foliage.

    Is it a Perennial?
    If you live in USDA Plant Hardiness Zones 9 through 11, you can grow Kimberley Queen as a perennial. If you live outside this range, you can dig your plant in autumn, pot it up, and grow it indoors during the winter as a houseplant. Or even easier – you can grow it as a container plant outside during spring and summer, which means it’s already potted up to move indoors when the weather cools in autumn!

    Patio Pot Perfection
    Large pots filled with Kimberley Queen Ferns instantly enhance your shady patio. Try using pots of staggered heights or arranging several Kimberley Queens in a barrel planter. A pedestal topped with an ornate container that contains a Kimberley Queen Fern adds formality and elegance to your patio, veranda, or shade-garden entrance. Wrought-iron plant stands or flower carts filled with potted Kimberley Queen Ferns combine architectural interest plus lush greenery for a captivating conversation piece.

    An Adaptable Houseplant
    When you order a Kimberley Queen Fern, you’re not limited to growing it exclusively outdoors. If you prefer gardening indoors with houseplants, Kimberley Queen Fern adds that touch of something different – more dramatic – than the typical houseplant. But you also know that some ferns can be a tad challenging to grow successfully indoors. If that’s been your experience, you will absolutely love adding Kimberley Queen to your houseplant collection! It does thrive in high humidity, but it’s more adaptable to the average humidity levels found in most homes than other types of ferns.
    Tip: Don’t place your Kimberley Queen Fern near HVAC vents. Heated air will excessively dry its foliage and cold air is not appreciated by this tropical plant!

    A Living Air Purifier
    NASA research, in addition to numerous university studies, has revealed a surprising trait of certain houseplants – their ability to remove airborne toxins. We’re not talking about particulate matter – dust, pollen, etc. – but toxic fumes and gases that you may not even be aware your home contains. Your carpeting, upholstery, and even the household cleansers you use release these toxic fumes into the air that you breathe. And indoor air quality is compromised because homes and offices are tightly sealed, which leaves these fumes and gases with no escape route. In fact, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) notes that the air inside your home or office may be more polluted than the air outside – even in predominantly industrial locations! Health problems can occur immediately after exposure to toxic chemicals … or years later. But here’s some great news – in recent years, NASA and research universities have published lists of specific houseplants that are more effective in removing airborne toxins. Kimberley Queen Fern is one of those plants! Order this plant for your health, and enjoy it for the beauty it brings to your home or office.

    An Overwintering Alternative
    Gerald Klingaman, retired Extension Horticulturist from the University of Arkansas, offers a simple method for overwintering Kimberley Queen Ferns. You may not have room in your home to grow it as a houseplant, or maybe you simply don’t enjoy caring for houseplants. Klingaman’s method is a result of his personal experience for overwintering Kimberley Queen Ferns in Zone 6b. So if you live outside Kimberley Queen’s perennial limit (Zone 9) – to at least Zone 6 – you can duplicate this method to protect your fern in the winter:
    In late fall, before the first frost, cut all the fronds from your Kimberley Queen Fern.
    • Dig the rootball in a clump, leaving the soil intact around it.
    • Place the rootball in a plastic garbage bag.
    • Store the bag in an unheated, enclosed space where it won’t freeze during the winter, such as a garage, basement, tool shed, or crawl space.
    • Periodically, check to make sure that the soil has not completely dried; keep it very lightly moist to keep it hydrated but not so wet that the roots rot.
    • In springtime after the last frost, plant the clump in your garden or pot it up in a container where it will begin to grow very quickly!

    Simple Division Makes More Plants
    If you’re growing your Kimberley Fern in a container, it may eventually outgrow its pot. You can either repot it in a larger container, or you can remove it from its existing pot and pull it apart to separate individual plants. If it’s too difficult to divide the fern’s rootball with your hands, use a serrated bread knife. Lay your Kimberley Queen on its side and cut through the rootball to divide it into two or four sections. Pot each section in a separate container (or plant them directly in your garden). Now you have more plants to enjoy!

    Pest- and Disease-Resistant
    Although the Kimberley Queen Fern species is remarkably resistant to pests and diseases, you may see rows of darkened, raised dots on the undersides of its leaflets. Don’t reach for a pesticide, because these structures represent one reproductive stage of ferns – they’re clusters of spores, and they’re completely harmless! If you’re planning to move your Kimberley Queen indoors during cold weather, give it a once-over to scout for any potential insect hitchhikers. A nice shower from your water wand – don’t forget the undersides of leaves – should dislodge any pesky intruders.

    And it’s Also Deer- and Rabbit-Resistant
    One look at the lush, verdant foliage of Kimberley Queen Fern, and you may think it would be irresistible to deer and rabbits. But this plant is surprisingly munch-free – even in rural locations where deer and rabbits abound!

    Go Easy with the Fertilizer
    To maintain Kimberley Queen’s lush tropical foliage, you may think that lots of fertilizer is needed. Quite the contrary – it’s actually a light feeder. All you have to do is apply a water-soluble fertilizer once every few months during its active growing season to keep it happy!
    Tip: Applying too much fertilizer can cause a condition called leaf scorch, which is a browning of the foliage. So just remember – less is more with this plant – at least where fertilizer is concerned!

    Rich Potting Mix
    Kimberley Queen Ferns flourish when their roots can grow easily in a loose, well-draining, organically rich potting mix. Check the labels of commercially packaged mixes to find one that is formulated for houseplants or foliage plants. If the mix is blended with a slow-release fertilizer, don’t apply additional nutrients as long as the slow-release product is working (you can find out how long it should last by checking the label).

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