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Plant Habit: Fern
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Partial or Dappled Shade
Partial Shade to Full Shade
Water Preferences: Wet Mesic
Mesic
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 10a -1.1 °C (30 °F) to +1.7 °C (35 °F)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 11
Plant Height: 2 to 5 feet
Plant Spread: 3 to 5 feet
Leaves: Evergreen
Broadleaf
Suitable Locations: Houseplant
Uses: Groundcover
Resistances: Humidity tolerant
Propagation: Other methods: Division
Containers: Suitable for hanging baskets
Needs excellent drainage in pots

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Common names
  • Giant Sword Fern
  • Macho Fern

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Location: north central Texas
Date: 2017-08-13
Hanging in a container prox. 3' in diameter, the fern has a sprea
Location: Austin ,TX
Date: 2016-11-19
Growing in a plastic hanging basket, set inside a 3 ft pot, needs
Location: Hood, Alabama 
Date: 2022-08-13
Location: Temple, Texas
Date: 2019-09-01
3 y.o. specimen.  Comeback after a very hard freeze winter.
Location: Austin ,TX
Date: 2016-04-21
In a 3' pot.  Fronds should be dragging on ground by fall.

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Location: Austin ,TX
Date: November
Putting away for winter
Location: Bogie Lake Greenhouse, White Lake, MI
Date: 2010-08-26
Location: Temple, TX
Date: 2019-08-22
Lives on covered porch, bright lilght. 3 y.o.
Location: Austin ,TX
Date: 2015-02-20
A few Machos for the spring garden
Location: Bogie Lake Greenhouse, White Lake, MI
Date: 2010-08-26
Location: Bogie Lake Greenhouse, White Lake, MI
Date: 2010-08-26
Location: Bogie Lake Greenhouse, White Lake, MI
Date: 2010-08-26
Location: Bogie Lake Greenhouse, White Lake, MI
Date: 2010-08-26
Location: Bogie Lake Greenhouse, White Lake, MI
Date: 2010-08-26
Location: Bogie Lake Greenhouse, White Lake, MI
Date: 2010-08-26
Location: Enterprise, Al. 36330
Date: 2012-12-03
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Comments:
  • Posted by chuck7701 (McKinney, TX (DFW) - Zone 8a) on Mar 22, 2015 11:00 AM concerning plant:
    Great outside patio plant in cold zones. Does not like to be dry. Avoid direct sun, which burns the leaves. Easy to grow. Prefers moist climate or environment. Can grow well inside, but A/C or winter heating causes it to drop a lot of leaves. Growth is retarded or goes dormant in winter.

    Dividing overgrown pot is easy. Use a long serrated knife and slice through clumps of older dead growth. Can pull off masses of old dead roots. Watch for new shoots developing in the root ball. Repot chunks, allowing room to spread and grow new fronds.
Plant Events from our members
Seedfork On October 1, 2014 Obtained plant
Picked up a second plant tossed out by the road, kept it in the garage though out the winter.
Seedfork On February 1, 2014 Plant Ended (Removed, Died, Discarded, etc)
Plant needed to be protected for the winter, but was left outside.
Seedfork On April 11, 2012 Obtained plant
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