Plant Care Boston Fern

Boston Fern

4.2 out of 5 (250 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 and Fluffy Ruffle Fern

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 Memphis, Tennessee.

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

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.

Plant care guide for Boston Fern in Memphis, Tennessee

Memphis, Tennessee

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Growing Boston Fern in Memphis right now

Light needs for plant Boston Fern in Memphis, Tennessee

Plant growth potential is currently very high 📈

May 26th, 2022

Sunlight intensity as measured by “net radiation” in Memphis is currently very high 📈. The plant growth potential in your area is currently at its peak! 🌿

The availability of high quality sunlight…

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Light needs for plant Boston Fern in Memphis, Tennessee

Sunlight will increase by 10.7% ☀️

May 29th, 2022

Memphis is trending towards greater sunlight intensity!

The amount of sunlight in Memphis is expected to increase by 10.7% over the next 2 weeks to an average of 21.0 megajoules of energy per m2 p…

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Light needs for plant Boston Fern in Memphis, Tennessee

Daylight will increase by 1.0 hours 📈

May 29th, 2022

This month, Memphis is getting an average of 10.8 hours of clear sky sunlight per day.

Hours of daylight will increase by 7.6% over the next two weeks. Your plants will get 14.3 total hours of day…

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Finding light for Boston Fern in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Boston Fern: 6ft from a window
6ft or less from
a window

Boston Fern can tolerate being far from a window and light source.

Place it less than 6 feet from a south-facing window to maximize the potential for growth during this time of higher sunlight intensity in Memphis, Tennessee ☀️.️

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 easy to care for, though some plant parents report facing challenges with growing it. Check out the reviews down below to read more about their experiences!


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Yellow Leaves

Care Summary for Boston Fern

Boston Fern

Boston Fern


Greg recommends:

Water

0.5 cups every 7 days

Placement

< 6ft from a window

Nutrients

Repot after 2x growth

Based on your location in Memphis, Tennessee, 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 96
Boston Fern has a Survivor plant personality Survivor 94
Boston Fern has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower 90
Boston Fern has a Browns easily plant personality Browns easily 85
Boston Fern has a Pet friendly plant personality Pet friendly 48
Boston Fern has a Easy to propagate plant personality Easy to propagate 19
Boston Fern has a Blooms easily plant personality Blooms easily 9
Boston Fern has a Pest magnet plant personality Pest magnet 6
Denise avatar
@Denise
leaf-1 32 Plants
xp 892 XP
globe New York
05/28/2022

Needs a very humid environment like a steamy bathroom or rainy / humid environment like the northwest or the southeast. Mine did not survive.😢

Browns easily Browns easily
Miirandamaloney avatar
@Miirandamaloney
leaf-1 18 Plants
xp 771 XP
globe Angus, Ontario
04/05/2022

This plant was a pain in my butt at first but now Im beginning to love her but I’m not fully convinced lmao she was so bushy when I bought her and within a week or so she got dramatic and began crisping up, I just couldn’t keep her alive! I trimmed off her dead leaves and was left with maybe 4 fair sized leaves😅 now she’s sprouting leaves like nuts so keeping her soil drowned with water is working better than having good humidity and following watering recommendations😮‍💨

Fast grower Fast grower
Pet friendly Pet friendly
Survivor Survivor
Browns easily Browns easily
Lylith avatar
@Lylith
leaf-1 4 Plants
xp 88 XP
globe Norwich, England
02/27/2022

They like dark spots

Survivor Survivor
Prograypine avatar
@Prograypine
leaf-1 12 Plants
xp 636 XP
01/20/2022

Did beautifully on my porch last summer. I brought it inside for the winter.

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Fast grower Fast grower
Leahr05 avatar
@Leahr05
leaf-1 8 Plants
xp 300 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
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
Nubiangoddess avatar
@Nubiangoddess
leaf-1 85 Plants
xp 3,416 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 74 Plants
xp 3,711 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
Ottomonty avatar
@Ottomonty
leaf-1 11 Plants
xp 418 XP
10/27/2021

Smells like shit

Pest magnet Pest magnet
Plantygoddess avatar
@Plantygoddess
leaf-1 109 Plants
xp 9,648 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 48 Plants
xp 4,537 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 10 Plants
xp 502 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
Nubiangoddess avatar
@Nubiangoddess
leaf-1 85 Plants
xp 3,416 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

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