Plant Care Boston Fern
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Boston Fern

4.0 out of 5 (25 experiences)

Boston Fern has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves
Boston Fern has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower

Also known as

Sword Fern

Taxonomy

Nephrolepis exaltata
Nephrolepis
Nephrolepidaceae
Polypodiales

What other plant parents say

Boston Fern has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves 10
Boston Fern has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower 7
Boston Fern has a Browns easily plant personality Browns easily 7
Boston Fern has a Pet friendly plant personality Pet friendly 7
Boston Fern has a Survivor plant personality Survivor 6
Boston Fern has a Easy to propagate plant personality Easy to propagate 1
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@Lemonlaw
North Salem, NY
Rating of the plant Boston Fern named Fernie Sanders by Lemonlaw on Greg, the plant care app
02/12/2021

Bernie experienced a great comeback with the Greg app. I didn’t realize how fickle ferns could be and I often overwatered it. It browned easily and was about to be a goner but then Greg to the resc…

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Meln808 avatar on Greg, the plant care app Rating of the plant Boston Fern named Fernie by Meln808 on Greg, the plant care app
02/15/2021

This is the ugliest fern I’ve ever seen! Slow growing, won’t get full and big. It doesn’t like anywhere I put it. Truly considered throwing it in the compost.

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@Leah
New York, NY
Rating of the plant Boston Fern named Fernie Mercury by Leah on Greg, the plant care app
04/08/2021

Gorgeous plant that LOVES humidity, apparently easy to propagate but I’ve never tried. An easier fern for those who are interested!

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@Plantface
Santa Monica, CA
Rating of the plant Boston Fern named Lola by Plantface on Greg, the plant care app
04/04/2021

Beautiful plant to add to any living space. I want more.

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@Mpalm
DeBary, FL
Rating of the plant Boston Fern named Gomez by Mpalm on Greg, the plant care app
03/19/2021

The leaves break off a lot and can make a mess

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@Amy
Cape Coral, FL
Rating of the plant Boston Fern named Fern by Amy on Greg, the plant care app
04/16/2021

Easy plant

How to care for Boston Fern

Water

How often to water your Boston Fern

Water needs for Boston Fern
0.5 cups
every 9

Boston Fern needs 0.5 cups of water every 9 when it doesn’t get direct sunlight and is potted in a 5" pot.

Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.

Calculate water needs of Boston Fern

Water 0.5 cups every
9

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

Select the pot size

5"
Light

Check the growing potential in your area

A plant's growing potential is determined from its location, the time of year, and current local weather.

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Finding light for Boston Fern in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Boston Fern: 3ft from a window
3ft or less from
a window

Boston Fern may have difficulty thriving, and will drop leaves 🍃, without ample sunlight.

Place it less than 3 feet from a south-facing window to maximize the potential for growth.

Select your city to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement of Boston Fern in your home 🏡.

Nutrients

How to fertilize Boston Fern

Nutrient, fertilizer, and repotting needs for Boston Fern: repot after 2X growth

Most potting soils come with ample nutrients which plants use to produce new growth.

By the time your plant has depleted the nutrients in its soil it’s likely grown enough to need a larger pot anyway.

To replenish this plant's nutrients, repot your Boston Fern after it doubles in size or once a year—whichever comes first.

Care Summary for Boston Fern

Boston Fern

Boston Fern


Greg recommends:

Water

0.5 cups every 9 days

Placement

< 3ft from a window

Nutrients

Repot after 2x growth

Based on the 4” pot your plant is in, and that it doesn’t get direct sunlight.

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