Boston Fern Care

Family: NephrolepidaceaeBotanical name: Nephrolepis Exaltata

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A pretty easy going fern (if such thing exists) as long as you miss your watering schedule.

The Boston Fern or Sword Fern has a lush foliage that would look great as an indoor plant. Since it needs high humidity this plant is best suited for a kitchen or bathroom but can survive in other rooms as well as long as you can control the humidity.

Tip on improving foliage: add 1 tablespoon of epsom salt to 2 litres of water and pour over the foliage once every six months. This trick will help make the foliage greener, plus it will give the soil a boost of magnesium.


Boston Ferns are fairly adaptable. They thrive in shady spots but can adapt pretty easy.


Keep soil moist by watering 1-2 times per week. Dry tips usually mean long periods between watering when the soil was too dry.


The Boston Fern is not fussy on the fertiliser so try to apply one fortnightly on grow months.

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