Green Valley Nursery - Our Ferns

4185 Huntsville Road Florence, AL        256-712-5451

 

 

Which Fern is Best for You? 

Are you questioning your green thumb due to ferns quickly dying once you bring them home? Even with proper care, if a fern is not in the right environment, it will not live as long as it should. At Green Valley Nursery, we want to make sure your fern lives! First, think about where you are going to be leaving your fern. Do you want two of them to be on each side of your front door? Hanging around the pool? Underneath a tree?We carry three (3) different types of ferns at Green Valley Nursery. 

Boston Ferns

Ideal for side porches, under an awning, or hanging under a tree.

Boston Ferns are ideal for spots that only get half sun. Avoid spots that are full shade and full sun.

These ferns come in a 10" hanging basket. Like other ferns, Boston fern is relatively easy to grow indoors or out. It does best in high humidity and with consistently moist soil. If it dries out too much, the fronds turn brown and crispy. Outdoors it thrives in shade or part shade, and appreciates protection from hot, drying winds. Indoors, it likes a medium to bright spot (but out of direct sun) and protection from hot, dry air coming from heating vents. Boston ferns enjoy being misted when grown inside over the winter. Fertilize every two months with a liquid houseplant fertilizer. 

Special Feature: Easy to grow

Macho Ferns

Ideal for full shade, grows to huge proportions of size

Grow macho fern in a shaded or partially shaded (morning sun and afternoon shade) spot outdoors to keep it looking its best. While it's not a delicate plant, Macho fern looks its best when protected from strong, drying winds. Water enough to keep the potting mix moist, but not wet -- typically when the top inch or so of the mix dries. This may mean watering it every day during the hottest part of the summer.

Fertilize your macho fern every six months or so (at minimum) with a general-purpose fertilizer. If you want your macho fern to grow larger and faster, you can fertilize more frequently. Or you can add a little a timed-release fertilizer when you buy the plant to fertilize it all season long. Prune your macho fern to remove old, faded fronds. 

Indoors, you can grow macho fern in low, medium, or bright light. If you grow your macho fern in a particularly sunny spot indoors, it's best to protect it from the direct sun with a sheer curtain to diffuse the light. Water macho fern houseplants enough to keep the potting mix moist, but never wet or soggy. You can fertilize, if you wish, in spring and summer with a general-purpose houseplant fertilizer. Follow the directions on the packaging to know how much fertilizer to use. Prune only to remove old fronds that turn brown. When grown indoors as a low-fuss houseplant, macho fern will help clean the air of harmful VOCs, toluene and xylene.

Special Feature: Purifies the air 

Kimberly Queen Ferns

Ideal for full sun, around the pool, or on a patio.

These ferns can come in a 10" hanging basket or in a pot. Kimberly Queen's are also called Sword Ferns because the fronds are straight and narrow. Kimberly queen fern doesn't tolerate frosty temperatures. Low-maintenance Kimberly Queen fern grows well both in containers and planted in the ground. It grows 3 feet tall and the mature fronds develop attractive spots (spores) on the undersides of each leaf. Hardy from zones 9-11.

If you live in a cold-winter area, you'll need to treat this plant as an annual or move it indoors for the winter. Inside, it likes medium light with abundant humidity. Try grouping your Kimberly queen fern with other houseplants and place a small humidifier near it to increase the amount of moisture in the air. When the humidity is too low, the fern develops brown, crispy fronds. While Kimberly queen fern thrives in shade, it also tolerates partially sunny spots if kept evenly moist. Kimberly queen fern is a natural air purifier when grown indoors.

This tropical fern typically doesn't require a lot of fertilizer. At minimum, you can fertilize once a twice a year -- every six months or so. If you would like your Kimberly Queen fern to grow faster, you can feed it more frequently, following the directions on the fertilizer packaging. You can use any general-purpose fertilizer on this fern; it's not particularly fussy.

Special Feature: Deer/Animal Resistant