House Fern with Striking Green Ruffled Fronds
|Botanical Name:||Nephrolepis Exaltata Bostoniensis|
|Common Name:||Boston Fern|
|Light:||Low to bright indirect light|
|Watering:||Loves high humidity and mustn’t dry out|
|Feeding:||Once per month in the growing season|
Diameter: 45-50 cm
Plant ID: 11479 4view this plant size >
Nephrolepis Exaltata Bostoniensis is the popular Boston Fern with strikingly green ruffled and arching fronds. It needs a little more care than other houseplants in terms of water but is worth the effort.
Nephrolepis ferns are native to the Asian, African, and Central American tropics which give you an indication of its care requirements. This cultivar was developed in Boston in the 19th century, but it still needs the humidity its ancestors evolved in. Moist soil and regular misting are important or its beautiful fronds will turn brown and crispy. Once you’ve got the hang of its water requirements Boston Fern is a low maintenance houseplant that the Victorians loved and is still popular today for its lime-green tactile fronds.
The fronds are delicate and will turn brown if they are bruised. If it does turn a bit brown, you can trim back the dead bits - it tends to bounce back from neglect after a good prune.
How To Water And Feed Nephrolepis Exaltata Bostoniensis
An indoor fern needs a bit more consideration than extra-tough plants like the indestructible cast iron plant.
Indoor ferns need consistently damp, but not waterlogged soil so check the pot twice a week and when it’s slightly dry on top soak it in a sink of lukewarm, soft water. Let it drain freely before replacing it because soggy soil will rot its roots.
A misting every other day will really help humidity and clear dust from its fronds so it can keep purifying your air.
In the warm growing season, a light dilution of houseplant fertiliser every two weeks will help grow its deliciously ruffled fronds.
How Much Light Nephrolepis Exaltata Bostoniensis Does Need?
Boston Fern is adaptable and happy in shade or bright, indirect light.
Where To Put Nephrolepis Exaltata Bostoniensis
Because it’s from a tropical family, ferns love a steamy bathroom or kitchen and a temperature range of around 10- 21 degrees. That said, it will happily grow in most spots if you keep the soil moist and mist it frequently. Its cascading fronds look exotic in a hanging basket for example, on a bedside table or a work-from-home desk.
So long as it’s kept moist and away from radiators or direct sunlight Boston Fern is a happy plant that brightens your day and easily takes the place of any dust collecting ornament.