Boston Fern (Nephrolepis Exaltata ‘Bostoniensis’)
Non toxic for cats and dogs!
Size – 3 feet
Exposure – Indirect light
Soil – Moisture retaining soil that contains peat moss
Water – Never ever let it dry out. The number one reason it will die is because the soil has dried out. Check the soil daily and if it is even the slightest bit dry, give’r a sip. Because the soil is made of peat moss, it is recommended to soak the entire pot every so often to ensure the peat moss is continuing to retain moisture. Be sure to let it drain well after submerging it. They also love a high humidity environment. Keep your fern on a tray of pebbles with water or mist the fronds lightly.
Fertilize – They are extremely light feeders needing to be fertilized only 3-4 times yearly.
Prune – Give them a haircut when the fronds are browning underneath. This will encourage growth to the rest of the healthy plant.
Re-pot – Only needed when root bound.
Pro Tip – Because the Boston Fern loves such moist, humid conditions keep an eye out for pests that love moisture such as mites and mealy bug. If you see any on your plant remove those fronds immediately and treat with rubbing alcohol. You will see improvement after 1-3 treatments and your plant will thank you for it! One more tip – to help with color, add a tablespoon of epsom salts to a gallon of water every 6 months or so.