Nephrolepis cordifolia ‘Duffii’ - Lemon Button Fern
Nephrolepis cordifolia ‘Duffii’ - Lemon Button Fern
Nephrolepis cordifolia ‘Duffii’ - Lemon Button Fern

Nephrolepis cordifolia ‘Duffii’ - Lemon Button Fern

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The Lemon Button Fern is the cute little sibling of the Boston Fern. It is incredibly easy cultivar to look after, and shouldn’t grow more than 30cm tall. Their long, thin “Fishbone” fronds are full of round, finely-toothed leaves. The leaves themselves are a wonderful yellow-green colour that complement the “Lemon” in their name.

Provide indirect bright light - avoiding direct sunlight. Direct sunlight will scorch the leaves and turn the rhizomes brown, especially with low humidity levels. A small amount of sun (not midday sun) will not cause too much harm and can encourage plant health, but it's a bit risky with this fern.

During spring and summer try and keep the soil moist at all times, without leaving the soil soaked. This species only has small roots so it's taking most of it's water and nutrients from the top soil and storing them within it's rhizomes.

True to its Australian origins, the Lemon Button Fern prefers to grow in a hot and humid environment. Increase the humidity in a room to keep the plant looking healthy. Misting will help but your likely to need to place the plant on a humidity tray or use a humidifier when the air is dry.

If your Lemon Button Fern is showing brown fronds, there’s a good chance that your humidity levels are too low. If this happens, it’s best to simply remove any dead or damaged fronds. The plant will easily regenerate even if aggressively trimmed back. Also, when planting, take care not to bury the crown of the fern along with the rhizomes or you’ll risk crown rot.

The Lemon Button Fern is on the ASPCA's Non Toxic to Pets list. Yay! For more information about toxic and non-toxic plants please click on the following link -

Pictured here in a 13cm pot, it will be posted potted. 



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