Fern Macho (Nephrolepis biserrata 'Macho')

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Growing Zone: 9-11
Growing Zone: 9-11 Outdoors

Plant Specifications

Plant Name Fern Macho (Nephrolepis biserrata 'Macho')
Mature Height 3-4 feet
Mature Width 2-3 feet
Spacing 3-4 feet apart
Sunlight Full to Partial Sun
Temperature Tolerance 60-85°F
Watering Needs Low (once a week)
Growth Rate Slow
Difficulty Level Easy
Grows Well Indoors Yes, with indirect sunlight
Flowering Time N/A
Origin Native to Central America

Dive into the lush world of the Fern Macho (Nephrolepis biserrata 'Macho'). Distinct for its robust, arching fronds adorned with finely toothed leaflets, this fern variety paints a picture of dense, green foliage that sways gracefully with the breeze. Its vigorous growth and grandeur make it a popular choice for both indoor and outdoor settings, offering a touch of the wild to any space.

How to Grow

The Fern Macho thrives in well-draining, humus-rich soil, under dappled sunlight or partial shade. While it can tolerate a range of conditions, it prefers a humid environment and consistent moisture. Ideally suited for USDA zones 9-11, it can be grown in cooler zones as a houseplant or as an annual.

Care Tips

Water the Fern Macho regularly, keeping the soil consistently moist but never waterlogged. If grown indoors, consider placing the plant on a tray filled with water and pebbles to increase humidity or occasionally mist the fronds. Its foliage can be gently dusted to maintain its vibrant green appearance.


The Fern Macho's dense foliage makes it an excellent choice for ground cover in shaded gardens, hanging baskets, or decorative containers. Indoors, its bold presence can rejuvenate living spaces, offices, or sunrooms, adding a touch of nature's elegance.

Planting Tips

When planting outdoors, choose a location with filtered sunlight and sheltered from strong winds. If potting, ensure the container has adequate drainage and use a rich, organic potting mix. Allow for ample space, as this fern can grow quite large over time.


To maintain its lush appearance, periodically trim any yellow or damaged fronds from the base. If the fern becomes too dense or outgrows its container, consider repotting or dividing the plant to promote healthy growth.

Pests and Diseases

Monitor for common fern pests like aphids, mealybugs, or spider mites. Address any infestations with insecticidal soaps or neem oil. Good watering practices and ensuring proper air circulation can help the plant resist most fungal issues.

Note: The Fern Macho, while a stunning addition to gardens and interiors, is best placed in areas away from direct traffic, as the fronds can be delicate and can break with rough handling.



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