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Nephrolepis obliterata - Kimberly Queen Fern



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An absolutely massive upright fern! They're bursting out of their pots!


Nephrolepis obliterata                      

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Common Names: Kimberly Queen, Sword Fern

Family: Oleandraceae

Origin: Tropical Americas, Australia

Growth: Clumping

Light: Low

Foot Candles: 50 - 100

Water: Keep evenly moist

Humidity: 40% - 75%

Temperature: 18°C - 28°C

Soil: Regular potting mix

Container: Living wall, self-watering planter, desktop

Nutrients: 10-10-10 Monthly  

Propagation: Spore, tissue culture, division

Interiorscape Use: Living walls, filler for interior beds, low-maintenance plant

Common Pests: Mealybugs, Aphids, Spider Mites, Scale, Thrips.

Common Issues: Root rot when sitting in water. Cold drafts cause brown tips, full-sun can scorch leaves. Chemical pesticides may burn leaves, use soap if needed.

Comments: Very versatile plant capable of withstanding some neglect. One of the most common houseplants. Will spread under the soil with rhizomes if planted in an interior bed. Rhizomes may also be seen growing out of the drainage holes if left root-bound for long periods of time. 

Toxicity: Safe.  

Nephrolepis obliterata - Kimberly Queen Fern
Nephrolepis obliterata - Kimberly Queen Fern
Nephrolepis obliterata - Kimberly Queen Fern