Plant Care Boston Fern
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Boston Fern

4.3 out of 5 (209 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, Green Fantasy Fern, fluffy ruffle fern and Marisa

Taxonomy

Nephrolepis exaltata
Nephrolepis
Nephrolepidaceae
Polypodiales

What other plant parents say

Boston Fern has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves 83
Boston Fern has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower 75
Boston Fern has a Survivor plant personality Survivor 74
Boston Fern has a Browns easily plant personality Browns easily 67
Boston Fern has a Pet friendly plant personality Pet friendly 38
Boston Fern has a Easy to propagate plant personality Easy to propagate 14
Boston Fern has a Blooms easily plant personality Blooms easily 8
Boston Fern has a Pest magnet plant personality Pest magnet 5
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@Lunarhexagon
Seattle, Washington
Rating of the plant Boston Fern named CHOWDAH by Lunarhexagon on Greg, the plant care app
06/18/2021

This was one of the easiest plants I’ve grown being a newbie. My problem is that I love my plants too much and have overwatered them to death, but this one is like “bring it!”. It takes minimal ferti…

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Allieklinger avatar on Greg, the plant care app Rating of the plant Boston Fern named Crimpy by Allieklinger on Greg, the plant care app
06/29/2021

When I bought this plant the soil was super dry and clumped together to the point that it is pulling away from the pot sides. I looked up how to fix that and it said to submerge the plants pot under …

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@Salimr88
Dubai
Rating of the plant Boston Fern named Fern Britton by Salimr88 on Greg, the plant care app
05/14/2021

Although I love the look of my fern when she’s happy, she requires so much work ie watering regularly and thoroughly and constant humidity. Which doesn’t suit my lifestyle. The fronds changes colour …

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@Lauren
Blackhall Colliery, England
Rating of the plant Boston Fern named Boston fern by Lauren on Greg, the plant care app
08/22/2021

This fern loves humidity! I shower mine once every week and a half and she loves it! The leaves can turn a little crispy on the edges but I just snip them off if they’re bothering me. It’s survived t…

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Izzy avatar on Greg, the plant care app Rating of the plant Boston Fern named harold by Izzy on Greg, the plant care app
05/18/2021

only had him for a couple weeks and i’ve struggled on if i should have him in the window sill or if it would be too bright, so ive just put him on my desk. however he is thriving!!!! he’s grown quite…

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@Lemonlaw
North Salem, New York
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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@Mccall
Salt Lake City, Utah
Rating of the plant Boston Fern named Paweka by Mccall on Greg, the plant care app
07/08/2021

I love my Boston fern. She not has high maintenance as I thought she’d be. I live in a very dry climate and as long as her soil stays slightly moist and she gets misted daily she stays happy. I can’t…

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Greensboro, North Carolina
Rating of the plant Boston Fern named Hamilton by Jferluvsconifers on Greg, the plant care app
08/07/2021

I killed one of these before by overwatering it, so I am being very careful with this one. It browns easily but bounces back quickly. I heard they grow quickly but mine is not. I got it quite damaged…

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@Fuentesx61
Eagle Pass, Texas
Rating of the plant Boston Fern named Skarlet by Fuentesx61 on Greg, the plant care app
05/31/2021

If you know how to take care of it take it. They are very dramatic and spoiled haha. If they don’t like being where they’re at it’s leaves will start turning brown also they are very jealous and very…

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Evie avatar on Greg, the plant care app Rating of the plant Boston Fern named Ares by Evie on Greg, the plant care app
07/02/2021

I believe this was at my own fault but I have a lot of struggles with this plant. Maybe it’s the lack of humidity in my room? Not sure. Either way it’s seeming to pull through after I moved it to a w…

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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

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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 region 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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