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Sword Fern Overview
Nephrolepis is a genus containing 22 accepted species of stoloniferous or rhizomatous evergreen ferns in the Nephrolepidaceae family, native to tropical zones worldwide. Commonly know as Sword or Boston Ferns, they have clumps of arching, usually light green, narrow pinnately-divided fronds. In cool climates, they are usually grown under glass or indoors as houseplants and they are said to be effective at cleaning indoor air. Most cultivars are derived from Nephrolepis exaltata, making them very popular as an indoor plant or planted in hanging baskets.
Common problems with Sword Fern
Susceptible to rot in wet conditions.
Sword Fern Companion Plants
Plant in damp shade, with ferns and sub-tropical plants.
How to harvest Sword Fern
Pick the green leaves to use in flower arrangements as needed.
How to propagate Sword Fern
Divide the stolon with leaves attached to form new plants.
Sow spores as soon as ripe.
Special features of Sword Fern
Can tolerate dry spells.
Place in bright filtered light and mist when the humidity is low.
Plant in a moisture retaining potting mix, and keep the mix moist.
Will tolerate wet sites, as long as they are not permanently wet.