Boston fern Plant ( Nephrolepis exaltata )
“Boston Ferns,” are often grown in a pot, hanging baskets, or similar containers and are really the house plant that started indoor plantscape for many plant-lovers.
Boston Fern, botanically known as Nephrolepis exaltata, is also known as sword fern or fishbone fern. This evergreen plant can grow up to 1.5 m in diameter and is actually a spiller type of plant.
Boston Fern plants look great in hanging baskets, high pots, or on plant stands because their long fronds create a dramatic arching fountain of greenery. They may also be cultivated in the ground as relatively erect accents amid low annuals like impatiens or begonias, or as a tall tropical-looking ground cover alongside shade-loving coleus, browallia, caladium, etc. The plant is widely admired by all because of its long and frilly leaves with hanging fronds. So, next time you wish to start gardening, you can start with this simple plant.
Height: can grow up to 3 feet in diameter and creates an eye-catching foliage
- Light: Bright indirect sunlight
- Watering: Water once or twice a week
- Maintenace: easy-going, Low maintenance plant
- Fertilize every 2-3 weeks for better growth.
Uses Groundcover, Large containers, or hanging baskets. This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies, and/or birds and is often seen as a perfect place for bird nests.
Re-potting Tips: Repot once the plant outgrows the current pot, use a pot not bigger than 2″ at a time. Make sure to use good quality soil mix while repotting.
Indoor Lighting: bright indirect light, Direct sunlight might scorch its leaves.
Humidity: Prefers high humidity in the air.
Temperature: Average room temperatures
Soil: Use soil type with good aeration and drainage
Fun Fact: Air-purifying
Ferns constitute an ancient division of vascular plants, some of them as old as the Carboniferous Period (beginning about 359 million years ago) and perhaps older. Their type of life cycle, dependent upon spores for dispersal, long preceded the seed-plant life cycle.