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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: 12 cm diameter x 35 cm height

Care

Light: Indirect light / dappled sun

Humidity: Moderate-high

Temperature: 12-24ºC

Watering: Allow the top 2 cm of the compost to dry between waterings when the plant is actively growing, usually from spring through autumn. Reduce watering frequency in winter when 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 or soil-based compost.

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 plant can be toxic if ingested, so we advise to keep it away from 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.

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