Macho Fern

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Go big or go home! The Macho Fern (Nephrolepsis bisarrata) is one of the biggest Fern accents available for your porch and patio! Sporting beefy fronds that are broad and long - they create an eye-catching coarse texture as they drape over pots and hanging basket sides, or over the edges of an indoor planter! The dark green color and upright spread look fantastic and require little maintenance to keep it looking spiffy year-round!

Shaped like the more traditional Boston Fern but bigger and broader, these are quite the conversation piece when anyone asks how you got your Fern to grow so large! You'll certainly receive many accolades for your efforts! Lush deep green and full of evenly spaced, opposite pairs of toothy lobes fill the entirety of each long arching fond! Ending at a lovely point, each leaf has a high impact in the container or warm climate garden as they do in the vase! Florists love these big leaves for their bouquets and cut flower gardens!

Outdoor hardy in shady USDA growing zones 10 and 11, these soak up the humidity, heat and moisture and are classic big focal points on a summer porch or patio! While it can vary in size depending upon where it is grown, give it room to pile on the nearly 4-foot long fronds, and grow into a 3-4 foot tall, and 3-5 foot wide arching mound!

Planting and Application:

These are incredible specimens that boost your summer porch and patio, sure to attract loads of attention in hanging baskets and patio pots! These high-impact accents add lacy coarse-textured greenery to your summer entertaining areas, seating areas and shaded poolside areas! The deep green fronds occasionally become festooned with dark spots on the undersides, known as spores.

Perfect for large planters and upscale pots, both indoors and out! Plant around a water feature or your sunroom, just a single plant will take up the whole corner once it's reached mature size! Set up on a tall pedestal to best display the arching fronds! Northern growers can even include these as annual accents in mixed planters, then as frost approaches, these big beefy tropical plants can be brought in for the winter.

  • Super-Sized Deep Green Fronds
  • Long Arching & Cascading Growth
  • Huge Accents & Greenery Specimens
  • Houseplant, Pots & Planters, Indoors & Out
  • Outdoor Accent & Filler in Shady Zones 10-11

#ProPlantTips for Care:

Outside these Ferns thrive in part shade and full shade, appreciating consistent moisture in the soil and the air humidity. Provide bright, indirect light indoors, even tolerating a few hours of direct sunlight in the winter months and in cooler zones. Plant in well-drained locations with moderate moisture indoors and pot in very well-drained enriched soil. Remove any yellow foliage and tattered fronds to keep the plants clean.

  • Bright Indirect Light & Part Shade to Full Shade Outdoors
  • Moderate & Consistent Moisture
  • Enriched Organic Soil
  • Very Low Maintenance
  • Mist Often When Indoors

Big brawny Macho Fern will be sure to make a huge impact on your home, porch or outdoor living areas with these fantastic larger-than-life tropical plants! Order your quality exotics today from!

Buying Options for Plants

Nature Hills sells a large variety of plants with several options available. Plants are offered in both potted containers and as dormant bare root without soil. Here is a helpful resource to understand your options as you create a beautiful landscape with help from Nature Hills.

Ever wonder what a larger plant will mean for your landscape? Container Sizes are really all about the age of the plant!

Seasonally, Nature Hills offers hand selected, high quality bare root trees, shrubs and perennials. Bare root plants are sold by height from the top of the root system to the top of the plant. Plants may be taller than the height minimums.

  • Popular sizes of select trees are 1 foot, 2 feet, 3 feet, etc.
  • Popular sizes of select bare root plants is 1 foot, 18 inches, etc.

Nature Hills Container Size by Volume

Keep in mind, specific varieties and different growing conditions can affect the rate at which plants grow. Variations in size may occur.

Young Plants to 18 Months
Size Volume
2"x2"x3" Ranges from .18 to .21 dry quarts / .198 to .23 dry liters in volume
4.5" Container Equal to .65 dry quart / .72 dry liter in volume
Sprinter Pot Equal to .63 dry quart / .69 dry liter in volume
4" Container Ranges from .31 to .87 / .35 to .96 dry liter in volume
6" Container Equal to 1.4 dry quarts / 1.59 dry liters in volume
1 Quart Equal to 1 dry quart / 1.1 dry liter in volume
5.5" Container Equal to 1.89 of a dry quart / 2.08 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x5" Ranges from .8 to 1.1 dry quarts / .88 to 1.2 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x6" Ranges from 1.0 to 1.3 dry quarts / 1.1 to 1.41 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x9" Ranges from 1.1 to 2.1 dry quarts / 1.2 to 2.3 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x10" Ranges from 1.7 to 2.3 dry quart / 1.87 to 2.53 dry liters in volume
Plants 18 Months - 2.5 Years Old
Size Volume
2 Quart Equal to 2 dry quarts / 2.2 dry liters in volume
#1 Container Ranges from 2.26 to 3.73 dry quarts / 2.49 to 4.11 dry liters in volume
5"x5"x12" Equal to 3.5 to 4.3 dry quarts / 3.85 to 4.74 dry liters in volume
Plants 2 - 4 Years Old
Size Volume
#2 Container Ranges from 1.19 to 1.76 dry gallons / 5.24 to 7.75 dry liters in volume
#3 Container Ranges from 2.32 to 2.76 dry gallons / 10.22 to 12.16 dry liters in volume
Plants 3 - 5 Years Old
Size Volume
#5 Container Ranges from 2.92 to 4.62 dry gallons / 12.86 to 20.35 dry liters in volume
#6 Container Ranges from 5.25 to 6.01 dry gallons / 23.12 to 26.42 dry liters in volume
#7 Container Ranges from 5.98 to 6.08 dry gallons / 26.34 to 26.78 dry liters in volume

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To obtain a more accurate shipment time-frame, simply enter your zip code in the “Find Your Growing Zone” box to the right. Our plants are grown all over the country and lead time on items may be different because of this. Once your order is placed, you will also receive the specific shipment time-frame information as part of your order confirmation. Once an item ships, you will receive shipment notification and tracking numbers, so you can follow along while your plant travels to your doorstep. We use FedEx, UPS, or USPS at our discretion.

Due to winter weather we have put a hold on shipping to the areas shown below in grey. You can still order now and we will ship the plant to you during an appropriate time for your zone.

*If you have found your zone already, it will be highlighted in the table below.
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Shipping Rates

At Nature Hills we handle, package and ship the products you order with the utmost care to ensure healthy delivery. Shipping and handling charges are calculated based on the tables below. Please note that some items include an additional handling surcharge, these will be noted on the item's product page.

From To S&H
0 - 19.99 24.99
20 - 49.99 29.99
50 - 69.99 34.99
70 - 99.99 39.99
100 - 129.99 44.99
130 - 149.99 48.99
150 - 150+ Approx 28%

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Macho Fern Is Suited to Grow in Zones 10-11 or as an indoor plant
Growing Zones 10-11 or as an indoor plant
More Information
Brand Nature Hills' Choice
Botanical Name Nephrolepsis bisarrata
Type Houseplant
Mature Height 3 - 4 feet
Mature Spread 3 - 5 feet
Sun Exposure Full Shade
Soil Well Drained Soil
Moisture Medium
Growth Rate Medium
Foliage Color Green
Fall Color Evergreen
Pollinator Friendly No