Nephrolepis exaltata - Boston Fern
Nephrolepis exaltata - Boston Fern

Nephrolepis exaltata - Boston Fern

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The Boston Fern has graceful green, drooping fronds that are naturally cut in such a way to give a ruffled looking effect and therefore it looks really good in a hanging basket or in a place where the fronds can hang down over something, like on the edge of a bookcase or shelf.

It's also one of the top rated plants for removing air pollutants from the air and because of its almost insatiable appetite for water, it pumps out large amounts of water vapour into the nearby air, thereby increasing humidity.

POSITION
Reasonable light levels are needed. A Boston Fern will accept some full Sun and some quite shady areas, but for a happy and healthy looking plant you should aim for a fairly bright spot which does not receive harsh sunlight.

They're quite sensitive to chemicals and the smoke from coal fires or wood burners are fairly toxic, draughts must also be avoided. This means your choice of placement will need to be considered quite carefully if your home has any of these features.

WATER
Moisture is great, but do not over water to a point where the soil becomes sodden and completely saturated. Try where possible to use rain water, but if you can't provide this, tap water is okay. Just make sure its been allowed to sit at room temperature for an hour because very cold water can shock the roots.

HUMIDITY
Boston Ferns do need a high level of humidity to really thrive. They absolutely love moist air, will accept average levels, but will suffer if humidity is low. Avoid placing near radiators or hot air vents which dry out the air considerably.

This is the plant for the bathroom providing it has natural light and you can fit it in somewhere. Wherever it ends up, if practical mist the leaves regularly.

FEED
Feed using a general all purpose fertiliser at normal strength once every couple of months.

REPOTTING
Only repot if you are happy for the plant to grow bigger and even then, only when the roots have filled the existing pot. Take extra care to keep the fern at the same soil level it sat at before. It's really important not to bury the crown as this will lead to crown rot and the eventual death of your plant.

Nephrolepsis 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 - https://www.aspca.org/pet-care/animal-poison-control/toxic-and-non-toxic-plants/a

Pictured here in a 20cm hanging pot, it will be posted potted. 

 


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