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Garden Topics: Tropicals & Houseplants

Boston Fern

Nephrolepis exaltata 

Boston Fern - Nephrolepis exaltata

Why you may want to grow it: For over a hundred years, Boston ferns have played a starring role inside and out of America homes. This voluptuous, easy-care fern grows just as well on porches and patios as it does gracing your front hall or living room. Boston ferns produce arching graceful branches covered with soft, emerald-green fronds. Indoor, or outdoors in the summer, this is an eye catching plant.

How to care for it: Like other ferns, Boston fern is relatively easy to grow indoors or out. It does best in high humidity and with consistently moist soil. If it dries out too much, the fronds turn brown and crispy. Outdoors it thrives in shade or part shade, and appreciates protection from hot, drying winds. Indoors, it likes a medium to bright spot (but out of direct sun) and protection from hot, dry air coming from heating vents. Boston ferns enjoy being misted when grown inside over the winter. Fertilize every two months with a liquid houseplant fertilizer such Maxsea.

Health benefits: Boston ferns will also help remove toxins such as toluene and xylene from the air while adding oxygen.   

For More Information Check Out Wikipedia:  Boston Fern

 

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