Boston; Nephrolepis exaltata, Nevada



The Boston fern features a cluster of many sword-shaped stems with small green-ish leaflets. At maturity this plant can grow to measure 2-3 feet tall and 2-5 feet in spread. The ideal growing conditions of this plant consist of well-draining soil that is rich in organic matter, in bright indirect light, with adequate watering. The soil should be kept moist, but not waterlogged, and should never completely dry out to prevent wilting and discoloration of the leaves. The Boston fern prefers an atmosphere with high humidity but can tolerate average humidity. To encourage more growth this plant can benefit from fertilizer, at half strength, once per month during the growing season. The hardiness zones of this plant are 9 to 11.