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£3.00 - £30.00

Boston Fern

Sword fern; Nephrolepis exaltata

Low light
Easy care
The patch promise

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.

Quick facts

Botanical name

Nephrolepis Exaltata

Nickname

Boston Fern; Sword Fern

Plant type

Fern; indoor

Air purifying

Yes

Plant height (including pot)

5-10cm; 25-30cm; 60cm

Pet/baby safe

Yes

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.