PLANT PROFILE: Boston Ferns
Common Name: Boston Ferns
Scientific/Botanical Name: Nephrolepis exaltata
Type of Plant: Fern
Origin: Florida, West Indies, Mexico, Central America, South America, Polynesia and Africa.
Watering: Although the Boston Fern prefers slightly moist soil, it is likely to develop rot and other fungal diseases in soggy, waterlogged soil. The first sign that a fern is overwatered is usually yellowing or wilted leaves. Water the plant thoroughly, using room-temperature water, until water runs through the bottom of the pot. Let the plant drain thoroughly and never let the pot stand in water.
Climate: Prefers warmer weather – ideal 18-24 degrees, no cooler than 13 degree!
If you’re lucky enough to have a fan or air-con in your house, it’s best to move this plant out of the cooling area. Some plants can be mighty sensitive to fans and air-cons due to the quick and unwanted change in temperature!
Sunlight: Indirect sunlight – a well lit environment but not experiencing the harsh afternoon sun right next to a window, to avoid getting sunburnt! If you see the leaves
How big do the Boston Ferns grow? These little cuties grow to approximately 2-3ft wide and 1-3 feet high. They’re perfect for that space in the house or under the veranda you haven’t been able to fill!
Fertilizer: In the warmer months to encourage new growth (and ensure the Boston Fern is looking very loved), feed with a diluted liquid fertilizer every few weeks
Repotting: A common question is, ‘how often should I repot this plant?’ – due to this being a smaller plant which has small roots the Boston Fern will only need repotting every two years maximum.