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Nephrolepis Exaltata ‘Boston Fern’

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The full sized versions of these are commonly available this time of year at grocery stores and bodegas, but a plant that big can be a little overwhelming, especially if it’s a fern! Sometimes it’s nice to grow with a plant instead of diving head first into a mature version ⁠

To care for this plant successfully, give it a moderate amount of light, but never direct sun which can burn and dry out the leaves. It can handle some shade but since it’s a slow grower as it is, more light would give you more gratifying results. It also prefers consistently moist soil that should never dry out with high humidity so try grouping it with other plants or placing it on a pebble tray!

Ed's Plant Profile

  • Botanical Name: Nephrolepis Exaltata
  • Pronunciation: nef-roh-LEP-iss eks-all-TAY-tuh
  • Common Name(s): Boston Fern, Fluffy Ruffles, Dwarf Feather Fern
  • Family: Polypodiaceae
  • Native Range: Tropical, Subtropical Americas 

Ed's Care Guide

  • Care Level: Moderate
  • Light: Filtered light, partial shade 
  • Water: Keep soil moist
  • Humidity: High
  • Temperature: 70-85F
  • Pruning: Prune as needed to remove brown or dead leaves.
  • Feeding: Fertilize using a general-purpose houseplant fertilizer monthly during spring and summer
  • Propagation: Division when repotting
  • Growth: Creeping, clumping
  • Common Pests: Look out for scale and spider mites in dry conditions 
  • Toxicity: Non-toxic