Boston fern Is a member of the fern family: beautiful foliage plants with very varied appearances which have been growing on Earth since the Devonian period (400-350 million years ago).
Size: 18cm pot 45cm high
Light: As this plant would naturally sit under a forest canopy bright indirect light is required over direct sun. The delicate fronds will burn in direct sun
Water: Ferns like damp ground, soil should be kept relatively damp but not soaking wet.
Temperature: Cooler temperatures are preferred; this plant will not cope with high levels of heat. However, in the cooler months the temperature needs to remain constant not dropping too low.
Humidity: Hight levels of humidity are advantageous to ferns, either group humidity loving plants together, add a humidifier or a pebble tray. Misting a few times a week during warm dry weather will also help keep the humidity levels up.
Feed: Ferns in general don't have high fertiliser requirements and too much can actually be harmful. Feeding just a few times a year during the warmer growing months with a suitable houseplant feed, diluted by half will be adequate. Always ensure the soil is damp enough when feeding as fertiliser can burn roots.
Care Tips: Boston fern is classed as non-toxic. Spores will appear on the underside of leaves and are often mistaken for a bug infestation or a fungal problem. The spores are relatively uniform in pattern which is how you can tell the difference between them and any insects.
Height & Growth rate: In favourable conditions ferns can grow rapidly during the warmer months traditionally seen as the growing season. At full maturity a maximum of 3 ft wide and 6ft fronds can be achieved.
Origin: Southeast Asia and South America