About Macho Ferns
Macho ferns are adaptable to both part sun and shade, We like them best in shadier areas because we think their leaves can get scorched by the rays. Make sure the part sun they receive is morning sun and not late afternoon. Macho ferns are evergreen which makes them a great plant to include in your permanent landscape. They’ll also live an average of 20 years. That’s a good investment! Give them a great start by planting them in landscape soil that has been amended with plenty of organic matter, or offer them a quality potting soil like Happy Frog from FoxFarm if they’ll be planted in a container.
About Kimberly Queen Ferns
Ferns often look stunning occupying space underneath a large shade tree, but they can also adapt to a little bit of sunshine if it’s offered in the mornings. Our favorite light to offer them is either morning sun and afternoon shade, or a continuous dapple of light all day long. By the way, Kimberly Queens make excellent houseplants. Indoors, they can adapt to low, medium or diffused bright light.
Kimberly Queen ferns are outstanding container options too, whether hanging from coco-lined baskets on the front porch or lining the deck under an overhang. Just remember that potted plants generally need more water than those planted in the landscape (especially during our hot summers).
Follow our same advice for soil types for Kimberly Queen ferns that we offered above about Macho ferns. While not particular to soil types, both of these ferns will perform their utmost best when you’ve offered a rich soil. PLEASE make sure that your soils and the location you plan to plant either Kimberly Queen ferns or Macho ferns in is well-draining. While they appreciate regular water, they will not tolerate wet feet; this will result in rootrot.
Macho and Kimberly Queen ferns grow in an upright and slightly arching form. Their stems are covered completely with the sword-like foliage from bottom to the top, which offers you a full and dense plant that looks great from all angles. I personally love how ferns add a great dose of texture to gardens and landscapes. Their foliage is strong but delicately refined. Plus, I’m not sure if you’ve ever seen the frond of a fern in the process of unfurling, but that alone is a reason enough to include a fern in your world.
Come take a look at our selection of Macho and Kimberly Queen ferns and see if one (or two) might be just what you need to go home with!
~The Happy Gardener, Lisa Mulroy