Boston Fern
Nephrolepis exaltata 'Bostoniensis'

Family: Polypodiaceae
Genus: Nephrolepis (nef-roh-LEP-iss) (Info)
Species: exaltata (eks-all-TAY-tuh) (Info)
Cultivar: Bostoniensis

Category:

Ferns

Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

Unknown - Tell us

Water Requirements:

Requires consistently moist soil; do not let dry out between waterings

Where to Grow:

Suitable for growing in containers

Height:

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

Spacing:

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

Hardiness:

USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:

Partial to Full Shade

Danger:

N/A

Bloom Color:

Inconspicuous/none

Bloom Time:

N/A

Foliage:

Grown for foliage

Evergreen

Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:

Non-patented

Propagation Methods:

By dividing the rootball

By dividing rhizomes, tubers, corms or bulbs (including offsets)

Seed Collecting:

N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed

Regional

This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Knights Landing, California

Apopka, Florida

Brooksville, Florida

Hollywood, Florida

Macclenny, Florida

Indianapolis, Indiana

Austin, Texas

Houston, Texas

Herndon, Virginia

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Gardeners' Notes:

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Positive

On Aug 16, 2008, JaxFlaGardener from Jacksonville, FL (Zone 8b) wrote:

This plant is sometimes confused with Sword Fern (Nephrolepis cordifolia In fact, some unscrupulous or uninformed sellers will actually be selling N. cordifolia in hanging baskets labeled as "Boston Fern" when it is actually Sword Fern. There are several botanical differences between the leaf structure of the two ferns, but the differences are generally so small that only a trained eye would recognize one from the other. However, one glaring difference makes it easy to tell them apart. The N. cordifolia (invasive Sword Fern) has spherical tubers on the roots; N. exaltata 'Bostoniensis' does not have these round tubers. Before buying anything labeled as "Boston Fern," I would recommend lifting the fern from its pot or hanging basket in order to inspect the roots to see if the round tub... read more