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Boston Fern

SCENTIFIC NAME: Nephrolepis exaltata 'Bostoniensis'

KNOWN AS: Sword Fern, Ladder Fern, Boss Fern

CLIMATE (LOCATION): South America | Tropical & Subtropical

DESCRIPTION: One of the most popular ferns is the delicately textured fronds. The fronds create a fluffy and lush look that is hard to resist. The fern will sit pretty in a hanging planter or high shelf. Plus, it gives off Jurassic forest vibes.

Boston Fern Care

Watering
This plant likes to stay moist, but not too wet. Check the soil frequently during summer to see if it is starting to dry out. In winter, you can be a little more lax and let the top inch or so dry out before watering again.
Lighting
This fern prefers medium to bright indirect light, but not direct sunlight. If it is in direct sunlight for too long, the leaves will burn. Make sure to avoid a low light situation, because this plant likes moist soil and could rot if the conditions are not ideal.
Humidity
Boston Ferns like high humidity. You can increase the humidity for your plant by grouping it with other plants that need high humidity, or by placing it in a humid spot, like the kitchen or bathroom. If you want to be absolutely sure your plant has enough humidity, use a humidifier.
Temperature
This plant can live in different temperature areas. They usually prefer it to be a little warmer, but they can handle colder temperatures too. If it's cold outside, make sure to keep them away from drafts and heaters that will make them too hot.
Toxicity
This is a non-toxic plant that you can introduce to your whole family. Pets and children can even touch it. Even if someone eats it, they won't get poisoned!
Propagation
Boston Ferns grow in clumps, so you can divide them into multiple plants when repotting. You'll just pull the roots apart into the desired clumps. If they're a bit rootbound, you may need to cut them apart. Then you can pot each one up into their own appropriately sized vessel.
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Hanging Heights

Boston Fern Lighting Requirements: Medium Light (Medium Indirect Light) to High Light (Bright Indirect Light)

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