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Boston fern

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Description

Nephrolepis exaltata or more commonly known as Boston fern or Sword fern is an evergreen, sturdy plant with lush, green fronds. This plant looks fantastic in a stand or hanging basket which allows its long fronds to cascade down.

Size: 14 cm pot

Care

Light: Indirect light / dappled sun

Humidity: Moderate-high

Temperature: 12-24ºC

Watering: Keep the compost moist (but not soggy) while the plant is actively growing, ususally from spring through autumn. Reduce watering frequency in winter if light levels are lower.

Feeding: Use half the recommended dose of a balanced liquid fertilizer once or twice during the growing season.

Soil: Multipurpose/houseplant potting mix and perlite.

Troubleshooting: Yellow leaves may be a sign of over watering or soggy soil. Leaves may dry out and turn brown if the air is too dry. Remove dead or discoloured leaves.

Tip: Boston ferns thrive in humid environments, hence why they tend do to well in bathrooms, provided there is enough natural light. This is safe for pets and children. Direct sunlight can leave sunburn marks on the leaves. Keep it away from radiators as they dry the air around the plant.