Kimberly Queen

The Kimberly queen is not as well known as the Boston fern. When it becomes more widely distributed, it may surpass its rival. Because it is not as sensitive to a lack of humidity, it is better suited for the typical indoor environment. The Kimberly queen is as effective as the Boston fern for removing toxins from the air. Ferns evoke feelings of peaceful tranquility. Their lush green foliage can stimulate thoughts of spring, even in the dead of winter. The Kimberly queen has graceful, drooping fronds. It is more tolerant of dry air than some other ferns, and thus does not drop as many leaves. Nevertheless, a regular schedule of misting and watering is necessary.

Family: Polypodiaceae (fern)

Origin: Tropics

Care: Apply diluted liquid fertilizer as long as it is producing new fronds. Keep the soil moist, but not wet. Never allow the root ball to dry completely. Frequent misting is necessary in dry, centrally heated air. Remove old or discolored fronds.

Lighting: Semi-sun

Ideal Temperature: 50-75°F (10-24°C)

Challenges: Scale insects, spider mites and aphids are possible, but rare.

Propagation: Division