Nephrolepis obliterata 'Emerald Queen' - Australian Sword Fern-


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Nephrolepis obliterata 'Emerald Queen', or the Australian Sword Fern, is a very large sized fern similar in appearance and type to the common Boston Fern.  However, this fern is more compact, tidier, and easier to grow than the Boston fern and is considered to be one of the most beautiful species of fern in the world!  It can grow fronds (stems) around 2-3 feet long at maturity.  It is moderate to slow growing and should not reach more than 12” in height and width.  This sword fern is a very durable and vigorous plant that prefers evenly moist soil, and as most ferns, it does not appreciate direct light.


USDA Hardiness Zones 9-11


Container Gardens/Terrariums/Houseplant:

This fern is popular as a house plant and easy to care for.  This plant does great in pots but would be more suitable for a large hanging basket.  Likewise, it will do fine in any terrariums of moderate size if pruned.  It will get too large too fast for small container gardens.


Josh's Frogs offers a wide variety of glass terrariums, container garden soils, drainage layers and other supplies for all of your indoor gardening needs.


Vivariums/Animal Terrariums:

This fern will also do great in a vivarium and should be placed towards the back area.  It will appreciate the constantly moist soil and humidity that a vivarium provides.  In an animal terrarium, just be sure to keep the soil evenly moist so that it doesn’t dry out.  Since it is so large growing, it will likely need to be trimmed back with age.


As good practice, Josh's Frogs recommends washing all plants thoroughly removing as much soil as possible with dechlorinated water before placing them in their final home. Live plants from Josh's Frogs are treated only with products that are OMRI Listed© for use in organic production. Live plants may vary in color, size and appearance.




The plant pictured is in a 2.5" pot.


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If live plants shipped via 2-3 day service:

  • temperatures during transit do not exceed 85 degrees for 2 day delivery

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  • temperatures during transit do not drop below 10 degrees

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Nice large fern. Review by Kendra
Large ferns. Very Beautiful. Very green. (Posted on 10/31/2015)

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