Boston Fern

Nephrolepis exaltata

Size: Small
Pot: Eco Planter

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  • Pet Safe:Yes

  • Care Level:I'm Easy

  • Overall Size: 4" to 6" W 8" to 10" H

Bushy and beautiful, the Boston fern will add some woodland charm to your home. A natural air purifier, it's super efficient at removing chemicals like formaldehyde from the air. It loves indirect light and lots of humidity — making it a natural choice for your bathroom. Place it in a hanging basket and let its delicate fronds drape over the sides.

Plant - Boston Fern Detail
Plant - Boston Fern Detail

About Boston Fern

In 1848, Michael Jerome Leszczyc-Suminski, a Polish count interested in botany, identified the missing link that created the fern's life cycle. A fern spore will germinate when it finds the right balance of temperature, light, and moisture. But unlike other plants, the fern spore turns uniquely into a different plant with no resemblance to the parent plant. It doesn't even have roots! But it contains the reproduction organs on its leaf-like underside. After fertilization is complete, the egg grows into an embryo, producing roots, stems, and leaves. Ultimately, the baby fern sends out fiddleheads or the furled fronds of a young fern, unlike its parent but its grandparent! It skips a generation before actual replication!

Care Level: I'm Easy

Likes a lot of humidity

Pet Friendly: Yes

Safe for pets.


Native to Florida, West Indies, Mexico, Central America, South America, Polynesia and Africa.

Fun Facts

Boston Ferns have fronds that can grow from six inches to five feet long.

Plant - Boston Fern Detail

Great For People Who…

  • Great for people with pets
  • Great for people who nurture their plants like their children
Boston Fern

Great For Spaces That…

  • Great for spaces with partial shade patios
  • Great for space with room for a grouping of plants
  • Great for spaces with medium indirect light
  • Great for spaces with shelving or with an upward climbing trellis

Nephrolepis exaltata Care Guide

  • Medium

    Bright indirect sunlight.

  • Low

    Water well and then allow the soil to dry out between each watering.

  • Medium

    Enjoys humidity. Spritz occasionally.

  • 68 to 78

    Keep this plant between temperatures of 68°F-78°F indoors with plenty of humidity. It can survive a temps in the 40's and 50's but not for long.

  • 9|10|11

    Outside: Keep it in full shade on a patio out of direct sunlight to prevent leaf burn where nights are above 55°F

  • Yearly

    Apply a balanced, liquid fertilizer especially formulated for indoor plants twice a year in the spring and summer.

  • 2 Years

    When receiving the Boston Fern, do not repot immediately but wait at least 6-12 months or if the roots are beginning to get crowded and growing through the drainage holes. It prefers to be a little crowded in its pot. 

    Repot in the spring, using a 2 inches bigger pot to give the roots room to spread.

    Place a piece of screening at the bottom of the container over the drainage hole to secure the soil and allow it to drain. Use a rich, well-draining indoor potting mix amended with 25% compost and to help with fertility. 

    Water your plant in the old pot before transferring over and let it sit an hour.

    Add soil to the bottom to elevate the root ball. Lift the plant and release the roots against the existing planter. Use a clean knife or garden trowel to wedge between the pot and the soil to loosen. 

    Inspect the root ball. Notice if there are any dead or rotting roots and trim off with sterile pruners. If the plant is rootbound, cut through the roots to alleviate continued encircling. 

    Ensure the plant is sitting about 1 inch below the edge of the pot to avoid water spillage. Add more soil and backfill around the sides by tamping down. Fill up to the soil line but not over. 

    Water thoroughly, leaving the soil damp but not soggy. If settling occurs, add more soil.   

    Water well to dampen the soil and let it drain.

  • Monthly

    When watering your fern, it's an excellent time to trim off any browning, yellowing, or discolored leaves. Cut the stem all the way back to the base. Avoid trimming the fern's top, if possible, except for the dead, damaged, or diseased parts. Instead, shape it up by cutting the side leaves from the base. Bravo! Now your fern looks like it just had a face-lift!

  • Division

    Propagate and divide your Boston Fern in the spring.

    Hydrate the plant the night before. 

    Pull from the container and brush or wash away the soil carefully around the roots. Carefully divide or cut through the clump with a sterilized knife.                                                                                                                                                                                     Repot the fern in rich, indoor peat-based potting soil mix amended with a rooting hormone.  Be aware that each new plant needs several leaves with sufficient roots attached. 

    Use a container 2 inches bigger than the root ball with drainage and deep enough for its roots to grow. Place the plant at the same level as the previous pot adding soil at the bottom. 

    Water the soil and add more soil if settling occurs.

    Set it in medium to bright, indirect sunlight while they are rooting. Place a large, clear plastic bag, spritz with water on the interior and place over the new plant to create a humid environment.

    Check the moisture and humidity each day and add misting to keep the soil moist while the roots establish. 

    After 6-8 weeks, roots will begin to establish. You can tug onto the stem to ensure the roots are anchoring well. Remove the plastic bag but keep the air humid around it with a pebble tray and misting.

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