Boston Fern


Scientific name: Nephrolepis exaltata bostoniensis

Description: Ferns whose fronds rise from an upright, underground rhizome. Each long, arching frond can grow to 4-6 feet in length and is divided into many narrow pinnae growing alternately on either side of the midrib. Each pinna is itself cut into a number of segments, giving the plants a feathery appearance.

Light: Bright light; avoid direct sunlight

Temperature: Normal room temperatures (50 degrees F minimum); for temperatures above 70 F, increase humidity by standing the pot on a tray of damp pebbles and mist spraying the foliage daily.

Methods of propagation: Division or runners.

Comment: Widely used for patios, decks and other outdoor living areas.

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