Geraniums grow leggy and when I cut them back I feel I should try to strike all the cuttings,and seeing I only have a small space for gardening……..I dont grow them anymore. I sprinkled one of my fave plant fertilizers (Osmocote) into the soil when I transplanted them so I’m sure that has helped them to rebound. Hi Susan, I over winter my geraniums by shaking off the dirt and throwing them in a basket in the darkest part of the basement. It is tempting to keep them both as so many folks suggested. A Stunning Upright Fern To Purify Your Home! I have a blogger friend who has a greenhouse and has overwintered the same ones for 15 years, I believe. now in Bluffton SC, the town just before Hilton Head Island. So much so, that I am in the process of making me a craft/sewing room upstairs. They recommended a Kimberly Queen fern. The Kimberly Queen fern needs even, regular moisture and regular fertilizing during its growing season to thrive, and it's usually pest- and disease-free. Ha! She had never heard of doing it, but our 90 year old neighber filled her in on all the tips. 21800 SW 162ND Ave. Miami, Florida 33170 |  (800) 327-7074 Never have a fern to clean up after on your porch again….hope you find that perfect pot. LIke most ferns, a 'Kimberly Queen' fern grows best when fertilized monthly when it's actively growing, generally from spring until early fall. Where you live in Zone 8, it likely would not survive outdoors unless it is in a very protected location. Your Kimberly fern seems to be the ticket for your porch. Kimberly queen fern requires a standard watering regimen (once a week), but you should keep the soil in the pot constantly moist. I’ve had geraniums live & re-bloom for 3 or 4 years, several times. Every summer I like to place a big fern on the plant stand that lives behind the chair over there in the corner of the porch. That being said, some of these plants are easier to over-winter than others, but the Kimberly Queen fern is one of the easier ones. Apparently, they hold onto their leaves. Your geraniums are growing like crazy, may try to winter a couple over this year… hugs ~lynne~. It has large fronds and beautiful upright bushy and sword-sahped leaves. I want to separate them and grow more ferns. Mary, it’s been so long since I bought those and they are looking a bit sad after sitting in the garage all winter. Subscribe for Daily Blog Post Updates! In the spring we give them a drink and off they go, as good as new! With a gorgeous porch like yours, it’s worth the investment. I gave up on the Bostons also because of the mess. We’re still not past our freeze date up here in Chicagoland…so I’m very cautious on putting out annuals. The large to almost upright fronds rarely drop leaves. Our hanging ferns up front are already looking a bit drab. I’ve had Mr. Boston’s before and killed them. We live in Zone 8 and some sources designate it as Zone 8b. In a recent “Waking up the Porch and Decks” post, I shared my experiment with “wintering over” my geraniums in the garage this past winter. Both are sold in baskets, but Kimberly Queens (sun) ferns are NOT best suited for hanging baskets. Costa Farms is a wholesale grower that discovers, develops, and grows plants for your home and life -- indoors and out. Long, dark green fronds. You can keep your Kimberly Queen ferns through the winter too! First of all, these plants need watering in the absence of rain for an average of 5-7 days. Here’s how it’s looking now. God Bless Barb from Australia. Last summer was rough on my plants and I lost my geraniums, had to buy new ones this year. After reading your posts about keeping geraniums I am going to give it a whirl this year. I want to start with this fern on my back porch which faces South East..In the Winter, I can bring it inside…I was just concerned about it getting too much sun hanging on my back porch…it’s interesting the varying opinions there are on growing this beautiful plant. So for now she’s staying in this woven basket while I keep my eye out for the right pot. A: The Kimberly Queen fern ( Nephrolepis oblitercia) is kin to the common Boston fern ( Nephrolepis Bostoniensis. Flowers, for every occasion. Try our online stores. Get Pricing and Availability. © 2008-2020, Between Naps on the Porch | All Rights Reserved. I like that they are not as messy as Baston Ferns!! . It is easy to grow and hard to kill unless you over- water. Kimberly is a bit more reserved and not quite as mischievous as Boston was. I’ve had a Kimberly Fern before-loved it with its upright growing. Tropical landscape plant. This big, brawny fern sports bright green fronds with bold, broad leaves and makes its relatives, Boston fern and Kimberly Queen fern, look little by comparison. (It’s raining here today so these pics are a bit dark.) I have had Kimberly Queen Ferns for 10 yrs. Good accent plant. I love your blog but this is the first time I’ve actually “stepped out there” to write back! Get tips for saving your favorite tropical plants before winter. Your post is almost a year old, but I hope I can get an answer. Many gardeners don't realize that if planted in the ground, the Kimberly Queen has quite a bit of cold tolerance that allows it to return from ground level after many winters. These ferns put on a big show and are best hanging off the porch or in a large container. The Kimberly Queen fern is believed to smooth the surrounding air of pollution and pollutants, that is why it’s far a popular choice for homes in city regions. Apparently, this geranium didn’t get that memo. They were moved out on the porch yesterday to harden off before they go completely outdoors. Mulching, of course, is mandatory. They are really pretty, too. My Kimberly has nearly made it through the summer. All We’ve had a lot of rain so far this summer and they are thick and thriving. I bought a large, colorful pot to put her in but it was just too big for the plant stand. Kimberly queen fern. Also, I’ve had to ask our plant guru a ton of questions about these fern. I want to replace my cushion and like yours. OVERVIEW. We may wholesale from elsewhere, though. Your room is stunning. I love having ferns on our porches, but they can be such a mess. I will have to try this. I am looking for plants that will thrive in the darker (closer to the house) corners of my porch. Helpful. I don’t leave them in the garage here in MA, rather I pamper them indoors and they often thank me with blooms throughout the late winter and early spring. However, not all varieties are safe for animals. Wow! HI THERE. The strangest thing happened this year. Did you over-winter any plants or annuals this past winter? Something I have found that works for our milder winters here in Texas is a product called frost cloth. Mine are huge, but the extended cold we had made them look bad, so I cut them back and want to separate … If I don’t kill them this summer, I will try your method of keeping them in the garage next winter. You'll find contact information for Susan. Misting and setting the plant on a tray of wet pebbles are beneficial. Whether indoors or outside, learning to care for and maintain your fern is simple as long as you follow our tips! You all made so many great points about the pros/cons for both the short and the tall. I love that Kimberly Queen fern! *For greening up faded ferns, mix 1/4 cup Epsom salt to a gallon of water & pour in the fern. The Kimberley Queen Fern is pretty and, like the Boston Fern, safe for cats and dogs! The tag that came with my fern says filtered light only….I’m afraid I will kill it if it gets any sun. I have never had them in pots. Ps la tua felce è bellissima!! I loved how it looked but man, what a mess it did make. Because Kimberly Queen fern has an upright habit, it's better suited to urns, container gardens and window boxes than hanging baskets; Boston fern is a more traditional pick for beautiful hanging baskets. The Kimberly Queen tolerates more sun than does the Boston and can put on an enormous amount of growth in a year. I hope to find a pot similar to this one for Kimberly. I think I shall try some keep some geraniums this winter to experiment on. Just LOVE that porch !! I love the fragrance of jasmine but the ones I had only bloomed once and were done. Among the many forms with more finely cut and feathery … The Care of Kimberly Queen Ferns | Hunker. © 2021 Costa Farms, LLC. So pretty! I was inspired by your bedroom transformation into your office space. Long, dark green fronds. I really like the looks of Kimberly Queen –thanks for the recommendation! Come check Queen Kimberly out. I would love to over winter them, but never had any luck with that – ferns don’t like central heating/air. Come check out their progress. Kimberly Fern Care Compared to some of its “cousins” – namely the Boston, Fluffy Ruffle and Dallas ferns – the Kimberly Queen fern grows to be more compact. So far, the tall file organizer seems to be leading in the voting. Gonna try and wintering of geraniums as they are my favorite annual. I normally just toss at the end of the season, which I always felt bad about. I HAD to have 2 of them! Its flashy foliage is bound to be noticed. After reading all that stuff online saying they never look decent again and will hardly bloom, I have been so happy with how well they are doing! I had to snicker a little with your reference to Mr. Boston, since that’s the brand of a very cheap liquor that I knew all too well during my college days. That works out even better for this spot since Mr. Boston sometimes reached out and tickled me when I sat reading here. This is my first Kimberly Queen Fern. Your plants all look wonderful!! In English, that means about 5′ away from a … I use that on my geraniums too, and they do very well! 1. I believe that we have exactly the same porch swing (Lloyd Flanders?) You can also subscribe without commenting. Yours look great and so healthy! Kimberly is a bit more reserved and not quite as mischievous as Boston was. If you enjoy growing ferns and have room to spare, give a Macho fern (Nephrolepsis biserrta 'Macho') a place in your garden or indoor environment. The girls will have to come inside! I’ve even put “stressed” Kimberly ferns behind my shrubs next to the side of my house and they have sent out runners that come back every year. I just learned from our vet about pets that can be toxic to cats. She squealed for all the others to come look, wrote down your blog address and plans to turn it in to her district manager. So although supposedly a house fern mine have thrived and survived in the ground for these 10 yrs. Its long, almost sword-like, leaves grow vertically, making it well suited for a hanging basket. A FERN SURVIVOR Several weeks ago, a gardener wrote to ask about her Kimberly Queen fern that … I still have a geranium that someone gave us as a housewarming gift 19 years ago. Your Kimberly Queen Fern prefers bright, indirect light, but can survive in the direct sun if it’s watered on a regular basis and the soil remains moist. UG. Would get more, but they are a bit more pricey than the boston ferns here. So no, I didn’t winter over any plants. There are several kinds of Boston fern, including ‘Fuzzy Ruffles’. Decorating, Tablescaping, Before and Afters, Thrifty Finds, and Gardening. I put two Kimberly Queen ferns in urns on my front porch every year, they are the only kind I can grown! Have a good week. Kimberly Queen is similar to the species but with a more tidy growth habit. There are Boston (shade) ferns and Kimberly Queen (sun) ferns. I fell and broke my arm in the fall and just hung all my baskets in the tree by the potting bench. Gros bisous. In March I cut them back and put them in a little potting soil and bring them to the light. Tropical landscape plant. Kimberly is sometimes called a sword fern because its straight, narrow fronds grow outward. I think I’ll try it again this year just to see how it goes. I usually get boston ferns to hang and at least one kimberly queen each Spring. The Macho fern lives up to its name with its large size. *Subscribe to have updates delivered to your Inbox. Kimberley Queen Fern (Nephrolepis obliterata) There are lots of different types of ferns that make great indoor plants! And here she is now. Here’s a link to a shout out I gave my readers today on your post Kimberly Fern. Specifications. And here it is now. We have an older cat, but my daughter just rescued a very, very young kitten that will be sure to play and chew. Your porch looks lovely, as usual. He puts his in his basement. I love the Boston fern but hate cleaning it up. Upright, curving habit. I overwintered 6. Boston ferns are relatively easy to grow as long as you stay on top of two things. Ciao Susan il tuo portico è molto bello anche quando piove….. My ferns suffered but survived. An upward-arching form makes ‘Kimberley Queen' a natural choice for displaying near doors or entries. She has over-wintered geraniums for the past several years and has had great luck with it. You’re the best! It is a 3-4', evergreen, tropical fern with medium green, toothed, arching leaves, and is a fast grower. It’s fun to look at yours. The Boston Fern, a full-service, flower shop, locally owned and operated. Kimberly Queen Fern. Thanks. It can grow outdoors year round in U.S. Department of Agriculture plant hardiness zones 9 through 10, either in the ground or potted, and can also do well grown indoors as a large houseplant in any region. I have a new-ish screened in porch, which I am continuing to decorate. I must of read the same articles saying the geraniums would not bloom well. The … Never miss a Between Naps on the Porch post! It is almost like having them in a greenhouse. It was very weird to see them flower, while you were watching it snow out the window! 30 were here. I have been known to kill silk plants, but the Kimberly Queen always flourished for me. Kimberly Queen fern is considered hardy only in Zones 9 and 10. I took your advice in the comments on that old post and I cut back the long, leggy stems of those old, wintered-over geraniums. These plants can grow up to 4 feet tall and 5 to 6 feet wide. Ironically I shared a picture of it on my post today. Thanks for sharing. Enjoy this cool day! WATER Allow the top 2-3” of soil to dry out before watering. Susan, What do you think about winterizing your porch, so you can enjoy it all season. I was told they don’t shed and make a mess like Boston ferns do. Your geraniums look terrific, too! I see a Tavern on the Green with mini lights, stove burning stove, and scented candles. Your posts are always so uplifting and beautiful. Just bought a fern (Boston) for the first time (lots of “new” stuff – lol) and will see how it does. I hope I can keep them. It’s our crazy weather, sun, pouring rain, squelching heat (it’s only May!). I recently discovered your blog and LOVE it! Jan. Hi! Light. It grows to a height of 2-3', with darker green leaves than Boston Fern. They also tolerate indoor conditions well for those who want to overwinter them. Kimberly Queen fern can also be grown in the garden in zones 9-11. Don’t you think those upright fronds of the Kimberly fern look like Don King’s hair? This week I’ve been working on spiffying up the porch a bit more for spring and summer. Whether grown indoors or in the garden, use a balanced, water-soluble fertilizer such as a 20-20-20 formula that's diluted half-strength, usually 1/4 teaspoon per gallon of water, but check the product label for additional directions. Passionate about plants? Your Geraniums are looking great. The Kimberly Queen Fern is sometimes listed as a selection of N. obliterata - an auspicious name if there ever was one - but most references refer it to N. cordifolia. So much for the information online that said they never really bloom much again. We’ve been having some nice, regular rains which has helped to keep them well-watered. Enjoy your evening. Macho fern comes by its name honestly. Last year I managed to keep my Boston Fern, but we had a mild winter, that was the first time. The manager was very interested when I told her how often you mentioned the store, especially with your wicker. 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