Growing Macho Fern Garden Plants

Growing Macho Fern Garden Plants

If you enjoy growing ferns and have room to spare, give Macho fern garden plants a place in your garden environment. Macho fern garden plants, also known by other names like ‘giant sword’ or ‘broad sword’ ferns, and Nephrolepis biserrata, are known for their large size. They can be anywhere between 3 to 4 feet tall, with attractive leaves called fronds that can grow to be 6 feet long, making them ideal for landscaping. Since macho fern garden plants prefer moist soil, watering should be frequent. From spring to fall, water deeply and allow the soil to dry out between successive watering cycles, as over-watering can be deadly. A simple way to check if the plant needs watering is to touch the soil surface with a fingertip, and water it if it feels dry to the touch. The frequency of watering should be reduced in winters. If the soil is too dry, fronds will begin to lose their color, and the plant may even start shedding. But it regains its lush appearance when watered.

Macho fern garden plants need moderate fertilizing, as they are light feeders. It is beneficial to use a nitrogen-rich fertilizer, as nitrogen helps plants produce more chlorophyll, leading to a lush, green foliage. When fresh growth is observed, use a well-balanced, slow-release fertilizer, like 20-20-20 or fish emulsion, after diluting it to ½ or ¼ the recommended concentration. Apply regularly through the growing season, but stop fertilizing in fall. Take care to avoid overfeeding a macho fern, for an excess dose of fertilizers can cause root burns.

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