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How to Care for a Boston Fern

Updated on March 20, 2012
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Kate graduated from Sonoma State University with a Bachelor of Science (BS) degree in Biology. She currently resides in Sonoma, California.

Boston ferns are a frilly, fluffy plant that has long leaves and hanging fronds. This plant has been used indoors for decoration since long ago. Today, people still adorn their homes with Boston fern plants, although not everyone has ideal results when caring for them. With the right work, you can care for your Boston fern correctly and it will flourish.

Boston fern plants have a few requirements that are necessary when creating an artificial environment for the plant indoors. You will need to place the plant in in-direct sunlight. This means that the plant is in an east or west window so that it gets plenty of sunlight during the day; just not direct sunlight. The temperature in the day time should not reach over 75 degrees Fahrenheit. An ideal temperature is in between 65 and 75 degrees Fahrenheit. Another important aspect to consider is the humidity of the environment. Boston ferns thrive on humidity and grow best at a humidity rate of 70 percent. You may accomplish increasing the humidity be using a humidifier or by misting the plants throughout the day.

The placement of a Boston fern plant can vary; either set on a table or placed on a window sill. If placing the plant on a table, try putting rocks on a plate and pouring water on the plate afterwards. Place the fern pot on top of the rocks. As the water evaporates, it will help create natural humidity. This is a useful technique in the warm months. Be sure to keep the soil moist for the best growth pattern on your Boston fern.

If growing the fern outside, ensure that you place the plant under a tree or similar plant that allows for at least four hours of direct sunlight and in-direct sunlight for the remaining time duration. The temperature for Boston fern plants grown outside is the same as inside temperatures. When growing the plant outside, you may also use a fertilizer to help enrich the outside soil. The usual fertilizer strength for this plant is rated 20-10-20. It is important to use water soluble plant food that can easily be absorbed by the fern.

With the right care of your Boston fern, you will ensure its overall health and growth. A rich, green plant is the sign that you are taking care of the plant properly. Maintain the health of the plant and it will reward you by living a long time.


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      Princess Prisca 

      6 years ago from Heaven living on Earth


      Thank you for such good advice on the Boston Fern, which is one of my favorite plants.

      I often display my ferns in hanging baskets with 3 or 4 close together. They are so beautiful and fluffy while adding style and fresh air to my surroundings.


      Ciao...Princess Prisca


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