Also known as
Tuberous Swordfern, Erect Sword Fern, Fishbone Fern, Ladder Fern, Narrow Swordfern, Tuber Fern, Herringbone Fern, Erect sword fern
Starr 070221-4863 Nephrolepis cordifolia by Forest & Kim Starr (CC BY 3.0)
3 years to reach maturity
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Boston Fern Overview
Nephrolepis cordifolia is a tuberous perennial fern species commonly known by the names Boston Fern and Herringbone Fern, amongst others. It resides in the Nephrolepidaceae family and is a common houseplant in many areas of the world. Boston Fern plants are typically grown as an ornamental plant for the attractive foliage. This plant produces narrow leaflets are alternatively arranged along long, upright, brown stems. Originating from Northern Australia and Eastern Asia, this species has been introduced to South America and Africa, where it has established and is considered an invasive species. In South Africa, this species is a problem in the Western Cape, North West, Northern Cape and Gauteng.
Common problems with Boston Fern
Generally pest and disease free.
Boston Fern Companion Plants
Plant with ferns and under large shade trees.
How to harvest Boston Fern
Pick the strong green leaves to use in flower arranging.
How to propagate Boston Fern
The stolons can be divided with a few leaves attached to grow into new plants.
The spores self seed easily to grow into new plants.
Special features of Boston Fern
Can tolerate long periods with little water.
Other uses of Boston Fern
Grow for both indoor and outdoors.