Nephrolepsis Macho Fern – Plant Care Tips
MACHO, MACHO Fern, I want to see, some MACHO Ferns! Well you can’t miss these guys, they’re one’s as big as your head!
Nephrolepsis Macho Fern Lighting & Position
Most ferns will do well in bright indirect light right through to medium low light. A south facing window or balcony is usually perfect for a fern!
Nephrolepsis Macho Fern Watering
It’s important to keep up a regular watering routine. In summer you want to keep the soil moist but not soggy. To monitor this, you can use your finger to poke into the top 5 cm of potting mix and feel the soil moisture level before watering. If it feels particularly wet, let it dry out for longer. Over watering can lead to fungal issues or root rot. Try watering a couple of times a week, but always testing the soil first to see if watering is necessary. During winter, when the plant isn’t in an active growing phase you should reduce watering frequency and use tepid/room temperature water.
With all plants, drainage is essential. Ensure that whatever vessel your plant is in, there are sufficient holes in the bottom to allow excess water to freely drain from the pot and away from the plant’s roots.
Nephrolepsis Macho Fern Humidity
Most ferns will really appreciate a nice humid microclimate to protect their tender fronds. Some tips for increasing humidity include grouping plants together, placing pots on a pebble tray, occasional misting or – if you want to go all out – buy a small humidifier online and place it in amongst your ferny friends!
Nephrolepsis Macho Fern Fertiliser
Feed with liquid fertiliser fortnightly over the warm, growing period and not at all over the cooler winter months.
Nephrolepsis Macho Fern Extra Tips
Once a month you can wipe down the plants leaves using a damp cloth to clean away any dust that has collected and may be preventing the leaves from breathing. It’s completely normal for older leaves, typically around the base of the plant, to fade in colour or brown off as they age. Prune off any damaged or dying leaves using a sharp pair of scissors or secateurs so that the plant can put more energy into the newer, healthier growth.
Nephrolepsis Macho Fern Toxicity
This plant is non toxic to pets and humans.