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Boston Fern - Nephrolepis exaltata 'Bostoniensis' For Sale Online
Boston Fern

Boston Fern


Description: Boston Fern-Nephrolepis exaltata Bostoniensis Hardy Planting Zones- 9-11 Sun or Shade – Full to Partial Shade Mature Height - 24-36" Mature Width- 1-4' Bloom Season – n/a Gardener Status- Beginner
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    Boston fern - Nephorlepsis exalata

    The Boston fern is botanically named Nephorlepsis exalata that grows hardy outdoors in zones 9 to 11 though night temperatures should be no lower than 50 degrees. This is a fern that can also be grown indoors but may need to be contained in sized when grown indoors. The fern can grow to about 3 feet in height and 4 feet wide. The Boston fern was introduced for indoor and outdoor use in 1894 becoming popular houseplants because of their visual appeal. The leaves of this fern or fronds are naturally having a ruffled lacy appearance with deep cuts nearly to the middle stem of the leaf. The length of the fronds make the fern fall over the sides of a pot or spread out when planted outdoors. This makes it a plant indoors that can be set up on shelves, a table or large floor pot. When planted outdoors the fern needs to be watered as it is not drought tolerant and requires well-draining soil that remains moist. In dry climates on hot days the fern should be misted or if in a container outside it may require watering daily. If the outside temperatures are extremely hot the Boston fern may need to be watered twice a day. The fern does best when water soluble fertilizer is used monthly. The plant likes about two hours of direct sunlight and then indirect or partial shade the rest of the time whether planted indoors or outdoors. If the fern is not getting enough sun the fronds may begin to fall off. This kind of fern is pest resistant to most insects but can be damaged by slugs and in this case, they should be removed in the morning or evening. The Boston fern propagates by growing spores when it is healthy and mature resulting in new fern runners that appear that can be divided and planted or cut away to keep the plant a certain size. 


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    1. Full and growing

      Very full and doing well on Mar 31st 2017

    2. Large and full

      This fern is large and full and looks good growing on Mar 31st 2017

    3. Amazing!!!

      I am simply amazed at how well this plant is growing and how quickly it arrived. on Mar 31st 2017

    4. Stunning

      I have these growing in hanging baskets and I planted them last fall, brought them in as suggested through the winter and have now placed them outside again. They have doubled in size. on Mar 29th 2017

    5. Just what it needed

      My are around my garage was so dull and bare, I planted ferns there because my neighbor said I had to be careful because I had too much shade. He was right, the ferns that I chose are doing great! on Mar 28th 2017

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