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Boston Fern

English Name

Nephrolepis Exaltata

Scientific Name

Description

Nephrolepis is coming from the Greek word nephros, which means a kidney and lepis which means a scale. The spores on these ferns have a kidney shape. Nephrolepis are also known as Ladder Fern and Sword Fern.

Australia

Origin

Oleandraceae

Family

50°F - 75°F

Temperature (°F)

1 month 10 days - 2 months 25 days

Germination Period

Maximum: 2'6"

Height (feet/inches)

Perennial

Life Cycle

Color

Watering

2-3 times a week in Summer, once a week in Winter.

Feeding

Every 14 days in Spring and Summer, with liquid house-plant food.

Repotting

In Spring in peat-based compost when pot is outgrown.

Germination

Sow spores in sterile soil and sterile pot. Mist lightly and cover with plastic wrap. Let stand in a container filled with 2 inches water. Place it in warm place in indirect light.

Propagation

Divide mature plants in Spring, or potting up a plant-let taken from the parent plant. Collect spores by cutting off a healthy frond which contains black spores, drying it on a white sheet of paper.

Cultivation

Nephrolepis needs bright light without direct sunlight. It tolerates the amount of sun depending on how moisture the soil contains, the wetter the soil, the more sun-tolerant the fern.

Tips

When end of fronds become brown, cut them off with scissors just inside damaged area. Do not cut into healthy leaf.

Care

Avoid draughts and never allow ferns to become dry at the roots. Cut back damaged fronds to within 2 inches of the compost in Spring. Let them grow again in humid atmosphere.

Decorate

Nephrolepis looks beautiful decorated in urns, on pedestals, in hanging baskets, in an empty fire-place and in large terrariums.

Humidity

Stand pot on moist pebble tray and mist regularly.

Soil

Peat-based compost.



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