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- Boston Fern-Nephrolepis exaltata Bostoniensis Hardy Planting Zones- 9-11 Sun or Shade – Full to Partial Shade Mature Height - 24-36" Mature Width- 1-4' Bloom Season – n/a Gardener Status- Beginner
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Boston Fern - Nephrolepis exaltata
The Boston Fern is a household staple or houseplant that is admired by many people that delight in the distinctive arching fronds that are a beautiful emerald green display in any household. The arching is a mutation. Generally, this species was known to have erect fronds. Boston Ferns are a perfect choice for an indoor plant because they remove toxins out of the air and the plant is safe for kids or pets. They are also a very showy display outside of the home and make a unique garden plant.
Growing Conditions Indeed, it is essential to make sure that you have the best growing conditions for this otherwise hardy plant. The Boston Fern's average home is in a very humid forest like those that are found in South America or Mexico. The plant hardiness zones are nine to eleven. Keeping the right growing conditions is essential for this plant to flourish. Therefore, make sure that the plant is in a high humidity environment and always keep the soil moist. Avoid letting the earth become dry. This will lead to the plant becoming crisp and turning brown. The perfect outdoor setting for a Boston Fern is in a shady area that does not receive exposure to direct light. Apply houseplant fertilizer to the fern every other month.
More Tips For Boston Fern
It's important to remember that your Boston Fern craves a lot of humidity. Therefore, it is a good idea to spritz the fern with room temperature water ever so often. Always keep the soil moist. However, it is a good idea to let the soil become drier in the winter months. Boston Ferns thrive indoors. However, it is also safe to grow outdoors in the right conditions and zone. Bring your Boston Fern indoors, if the weather gets freezing in the winter months.
The Boston Fern has been adorning front porches and parlor rooms since the Victorian Era. It is a verdant addition to the home, and it is stunning in a hanging planter, shepherd's hook or on a pedestal. Its long, frilly, arching fronds provide a beautiful silhouette to accent any room or deck. You can park it on the porch all summer, and then bring a bit of summer inside for the winter months.
SCIENTIFIC NAME: Nephrolepis exaltata (L.) Schott
USDA Climate Zone: nine through eleven
Plant Height: 1-3 feet
Plant Spread: 1-4 feet
Soil Type: Moist
As a houseplant, the Boston fern is relatively easy to grow. It will thrive best in indirect sunlight, unlike other ferns that require more shade. Humidity is necessary for it to develop to its fullest, so a light misting daily in the drier months is needed. Since these ferns are native to sub-tropical and tropical environments, think about recreating the moisture of the rainforest floor, while light filters through the canopy from above. It can be grown outside, provided the temperatures do not drop below 45-50 degrees. It requires consistently moist soil, but it must drain well. Otherwise, it could incur root rot. It works well as a ground cover when used outside, and it will spread rapidly. It is a beautiful addition to the home or yard.