Like a lot of ferns, she’s used to living in partial shade. She’ll be happiest well away from the window in a bright room.
She hates a dry atmosphere. Mist her a couple of times a week or let her live in the bathroom, basking happily in steam.
She likes moist soil, so water her whenever the top inch of soil is dry. Make sure excess water can drain freely.
Improve her humidity by filling a tray with pebbles, then pouring water over them until it almost covers them. Put your plant’s pot on top of the stones.
Boston Fern; Sword Fern
Plant height (including pot)
5-10cm; 25-30cm; 60cm
Nursery pot size
6cm; 12cm; 21cm
About Boston Ferns
You’ll find Boston Ferns in the wild in humid, shady areas, like swamps and forests, in South and Central America, the West Indies and Africa. They love anywhere wet, hot and not too bright. As a houseplant, they really became popular with the Victorians - those guys absolutely loved an exotic houseplant - thriving in the poorly lit, likely damp homes of the 1800s.
When looking after one at home, the rule is to never let a Boston fern dry out. Make sure to keep its soil moist and its humidity level high and you should find this cheerful plant very little bother.
Did you know?
The Victorians consider ferns a symbol of humility and sincerity, so please don’t boast or lie in its presence.
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