Plant Care Boston Fern

Boston Fern

4.3 out of 5 (237 experiences)

Boston Fern has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves
Boston Fern has a Survivor plant personality Survivor

Also known as

Sword Fern, Green Fantasy Fern, fluffy ruffle fern and Marisa

Taxonomy

Nephrolepis exaltata
Nephrolepis
Nephrolepidaceae
Polypodiales

How to care for Boston Fern

Water

How often to water your Boston Fern

Water needs for Boston Fern
0.5 cups
every 7

Boston Fern needs 0.5 cups of water every 7 when it doesn’t get direct sunlight and is potted in a 5" pot located in Eugene, Oregon.

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
7

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.

Plant care guide for Boston Fern in Eugene, Oregon

Eugene, Oregon

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Growing Boston Fern in Eugene right now

Light needs for plant Boston Fern in Eugene, Oregon

Plant growth potential is currently very low 📉

January 18th, 2022

Sunlight intensity as measured by “net radiation” in Eugene is currently very low 📉.

The availability of high quality sunlight in your home impacts ability for plants to thrive and is key in deter…

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Light needs for plant Boston Fern in Eugene, Oregon

Sunlight will increase by 29.2% ☀️

January 18th, 2022

Eugene is trending towards greater sunlight intensity!

The amount of sunlight in Eugene is expected to increase by 29.2% over the next 2 weeks to an average of 7.9 megajoules of energy per m2 per …

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Light needs for plant Boston Fern in Eugene, Oregon

Daylight will increase by 0.8 hours 📈

January 19th, 2022

This month, Eugene is getting an average of 7.7 hours of clear sky sunlight per day.

Hours of daylight will increase by 8.8% over the next two weeks. Your plants will get 9.6 total hours of daylig…

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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 keep it happy during this time of reduced sunlight intensity in Eugene, Oregon ⛅.

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.

FAQs
Difficulty Level

Boston Fern is generally considered an easy-to-care-for plant and makes a great choice for beginners!


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Growing Outdoors

Care Summary for Boston Fern

Boston Fern

Boston Fern


Greg recommends:

Water

0.5 cups every 7 days

Placement

< 3ft from a window

Nutrients

Repot after 2x growth

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

What other plant parents say

Boston Fern has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves 93
Boston Fern has a Survivor plant personality Survivor 91
Boston Fern has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower 88
Boston Fern has a Browns easily plant personality Browns easily 80
Boston Fern has a Pet friendly plant personality Pet friendly 47
Boston Fern has a Easy to propagate plant personality Easy to propagate 17
Boston Fern has a Blooms easily plant personality Blooms easily 9
Boston Fern has a Pest magnet plant personality Pest magnet 5
Leahr05 avatar
@Leahr05
leaf-1 8 Plants
xp 265 XP
01/03/2022

i find it hard to keep alive, but watering it a little more often than the app suggests seems to do the trick

Browns easily Browns easily
Gobbolinothecat avatar
@Gobbolinothecat
leaf-1 5 Plants
xp 111 XP
01/02/2022

It doesn’t like to have its leaves touched! It likes moisture so I must mine regularly and keep it in the bathroom

Pet friendly Pet friendly
Fast grower Fast grower
Mom123 avatar
@Mom123
leaf-1 11 Plants
xp 376 XP
globe Salisbury, Maryland
12/03/2021

Be sure to keep watered. I’m trying to kill mine by not watering. Lol.

Survivor Survivor
Browns easily Browns easily
Nubiangoddessjayda avatar
@Nubiangoddessjayda
leaf-1 86 Plants
xp 2,958 XP
globe Los Angeles, California
11/20/2021

It’s my favorite plant but it take a lot to keep this fern alive I’m going to buy a new one and try again very hard plant to car for need humidity

Voidbugz avatar
@Voidbugz
leaf-1 59 Plants
xp 2,228 XP
globe Minneapolis, Minnesota
11/20/2021

Don’t give up on your ferns! I’m slowly nursing mine back to health after grossly under watering it, but it’s a trooper and is already putting out little baby fernlets!

Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Pet friendly Pet friendly
Browns easily Browns easily
Ivy avatar
@Ivy
leaf-1 5 Plants
xp 108 XP
11/06/2021

Rebounded and re-greened up nicely after going about a quarter brown due to failure to water

Survivor Survivor
Biddlesbabe avatar
@Biddlesbabe
leaf-1 1 Plants
xp 33 XP
globe Selah, Washington
11/04/2021

Bigleef Smalls has been a great addition to our family. I talk to him everyday. It’s strange, but it seems that he perks up when I talk to him. He gets a shower when it’s time for his feeding. He seems to enjoy that quite a bit. I really enjoy having him in my home.

Fast grower Fast grower
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Pet friendly Pet friendly
Nikki2 avatar
@Nikki2
leaf-1 80 Plants
xp 6,047 XP
globe Woolwich Township, New Jersey
10/24/2021

So I put this plant outside at least a month ago to basically die - no watering and no care. Well it survived and I guess is okay with my northern exposure windows and balcony so I brought it inside watered and placed at my patio window for the rest of this autumn/winter season. I’m told ferns love bright maybe even direct sunlight but this Boston wants to live and is a trooper. Now let’s see if I can get some decent growth.

Survivor Survivor
Browns easily Browns easily
Lvl500 avatar
@Lvl500
leaf-1 63 Plants
xp 3,959 XP
10/15/2021

I have had this plant for two years. It is easy to care for. I have mine positioned in a south facing window. The leaves will brown from time to time, I tend to trim them off. It’s an attractive plant, I like how the fronds uncurl as they grow into new leaves.

Fast grower Fast grower
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Emzo avatar
@Emzo
leaf-1 5 Plants
xp 202 XP
10/05/2021

love this plant ! this was my first ever plant, and it’s pretty easy to take care of

Fast grower Fast grower
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Survivor Survivor
Pet friendly Pet friendly
Browns easily Browns easily
Millie avatar
@Millie
leaf-1 2 Plants
xp 46 XP
globe Tarriaro, New South Wales
10/02/2021

They love filtered light!

Browns easily Browns easily
Pet friendly Pet friendly
Fast grower Fast grower
Afwreck avatar
@Afwreck
leaf-1 9 Plants
xp 448 XP
09/24/2021

I’ve had this for years. It has always done amazing but a recent move has effected its growth. 😞

Fast grower Fast grower
Pet friendly Pet friendly
Survivor Survivor
Nubiangoddessjayda avatar
@Nubiangoddessjayda
leaf-1 86 Plants
xp 2,958 XP
globe Los Angeles, California
09/18/2021

I don’t like when the plant feels dry I’m working on fixing that problem but other than that it’s beautiful and lush

Survivor Survivor
Pet friendly Pet friendly
Browns easily Browns easily
Marthia avatar
@Marthia
leaf-1 3 Plants
xp 77 XP
globe St. Louis, Missouri
09/15/2021

Dries out quickly and under leaves are browning

Browns easily Browns easily
Karen avatar
@Karen
leaf-1 5 Plants
xp 120 XP
globe Byron Center, Michigan
09/14/2021

Beautiful plants

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Untilsaturn avatar
@Untilsaturn
leaf-1 14 Plants
xp 554 XP
globe Independence, Missouri
09/08/2021

Ive had this plant for like three years. ive almost killed it a dozen times. it always comes back. Boston ferns are AMAZING!

Survivor Survivor
Wybie avatar
@Wybie
leaf-1 4 Plants
xp 164 XP
globe Sheffield, England
09/03/2021

it’s pretty big so you will need to trim it frequently if you want it small

Fast grower Fast grower
Nubiangoddessjayda avatar
@Nubiangoddessjayda
leaf-1 86 Plants
xp 2,958 XP
globe Los Angeles, California
09/02/2021

Not to much watering .. it’s beautiful but needing to know how to make the leaves not so dry

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Fast grower Fast grower
Blooms easily Blooms easily
Survivor Survivor
Cass avatar
@Cass
leaf-1 7 Plants
xp 164 XP
globe Cardiff Heights, New South Wales
08/25/2021

It seems to grow fast

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Fast grower Fast grower
Jessica_ avatar
@Jessica_
leaf-1 65 Plants
xp 3,511 XP
globe Northampton, Pennsylvania
08/23/2021

Pest magnet for sure!

Browns easily Browns easily
Pest magnet Pest magnet

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