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How to Care for Kimberley Queen Ferns

How to Care for Kimberley Queen Ferns

Your Kimberley queen fern requires consistent moisture and humidity to thrive, as with various ferns. That can be tough to find in any average household setting if you like growing your plants indoors. However, your ferns do take well to pot growth. Just make sure to water frequently and give supplemental humidity as necessary.

Furthermore, this plant doesn’t need regular pruning. However, eliminating any damaged, diseased, or dead fronds as they develop will help to nurture new and healthy growth.

Light Requirements

Kimberley queen ferns grow well in partial sunlight to low sunlight conditions. They do great next to a sunny, bright window in indirect sunlight when grown as indoor plants. Prevent harsh, direct sunlight as it can burn its delicate fronds. A shaded area that gets dappled sun is ideal when grown outside.

Soil needs

A rich, wet, well-draining soil is ideal for your Kimberley queen ferns. A regular soil potting mix with extra peat for extra drainage is adequate.

Watering Requirements

Like most ferns, this plant demands adequate moisture to grow well. Its soil shouldn’t be allowed to dry out. But it must have better drainage, so your plants aren’t waterlogged for very long. Water your plant thoroughly whenever the top one to two inches of its soil dry out completely. Relying on the amount of light and heat that your ferns are receiving, you might require to water them multiple times every week. Note that your plant can sometimes be sensitive to hard water. If your tap water contains lots of fluorine, salt, or chlorine, you might require transferring to filtered water.

Temperature and Humidity

Kimberley queen ferns grow in temperatures ranging between 60°F to 70°F, and they cannot tolerate frost. You should keep them away from cold or drafty windows when grown as indoor plants. However, if you’re growing them outdoors, make sure to bring your ferns indoors if your location is expecting frost.

Kimberley queen ferns need abundant humidity, and their fronds will quickly turn crispy during dry conditions. Adding any humidifier next to your plants will keep them happy indoors. Also, you can place them on a pebble tray containing water to enhance the humidity levels around your plants. 

Fertiliser

Great feeding is unnecessary, but Kimberley queen fern will benefit from frequent fertilisation. During its active growing season, spring and summer, apply a balanced amount of liquid fertiliser once every month to promote healthy growth.

Repotting

The Kimberley queen fern thrives when root bound, so there isn't any need for frequent repotting. However, once its container is filled with roots bursting above its soil and out via the drainage holes, it's high time to report. Pick a container that’s about two to three inches larger than the previous one.

Common Pests and Diseases

Generally, ferns aren’t overly susceptible to serious problems with pests and diseases, and your Kimberley queen fern is no different. However, when grown as an indoor houseplant, it is prone to the common range of typical houseplant pests such as aphids, spider mites, mealybugs, and fungus gnats. Use insecticidal soap to treat such infestations.

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