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The Kimberly Queen Fern (Nephrolepis obliterata), also known simply as the Kimberly Fern, is a popular and attractive fern species. It is often chosen for its lush, upright fronds and adaptability to various growing conditions. Here are some key features and care tips for the Kimberly Queen Fern:

  1. Appearance: The Kimberly Queen Fern is characterized by its arching, upright fronds that are dark green, leathery, and feathery in appearance. The fronds can reach a height of 2 to 3 feet, creating a graceful and full display.

  2. Growth Habit: Unlike some other ferns, the Kimberly Queen Fern has a more upright growth habit, making it suitable for use as a standalone specimen or as part of container gardens, hanging baskets, or shaded garden beds.

  3. Light Requirements: Kimberly Queen Ferns prefer bright, indirect light. While they can tolerate lower light levels, providing them with filtered sunlight or partial shade is ideal. Avoid exposing them to direct sunlight, as it can scorch their fronds.

  4. Watering: These ferns prefer consistently moist soil. Water them regularly, allowing the top inch of soil to dry out slightly between waterings. Ensure good drainage to prevent waterlogging.

  5. Temperature and Humidity: Kimberly Queen Ferns thrive in warm temperatures and high humidity. They are best suited for USDA hardiness zones 9-11, although they can be grown as annuals or brought indoors during colder months in other zones.

  6. Soil: Use a well-draining, high-quality potting mix with added organic matter. Kimberly Queen Ferns appreciate a slightly acidic to neutral soil pH.

  7. Fertilization: During the growing season (spring and summer), you can fertilize the fern with a balanced liquid fertilizer every 4-6 weeks. Reduce or stop fertilizing in the fall and winter when growth slows.

  8. Pruning: Remove any brown or damaged fronds regularly to maintain the plant's appearance. Pruning also helps stimulate new growth.

  9. Pests and Diseases: Kimberly Queen Ferns are generally resistant to pests and diseases. 

The Kimberly Queen Fern is often chosen as a low-maintenance and resilient fern option for various indoor and outdoor settings. Whether used in containers or garden landscapes, it provides a lush and green backdrop with its beautiful fronds.


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Annual/ Indoor
Annual Fern
Mature Height:
2-3 Feet
Mature Width:
2-4 Feet
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Partial Sun/ Partial Shade
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