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Boston Fern

Nephrolepis cordifolia

Also known as

Tuberous Swordfern, Erect Sword Fern, Fishbone Fern, Ladder Fern, Narrow Swordfern, Narrow Sword Fern, Tuber Fern, Herringbone Fern, Tuber Ladder Fern

Starr 070221-4863 Nephrolepis cordifolia by Forest & Kim Starr (CC BY 3.0)

Full Shade
Easy care
Frequent watering
Tender

12b

USDA zone

13°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

80cm

Max

1.5m

50cm

Min

1m

3 years to reach maturity

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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

Generally pest and disease free.

    Companion plants

    Plant with ferns and under large shade trees.

    Harvesting

    Pick the strong green leaves to use in flower arranging.

    Propagation

    Division

    The stolons can be divided with a few leaves attached to grow into new plants.

    Spores

    The spores self seed easily to grow into new plants.

    Special Features

    Drought resistant

    Can tolerate long periods with little water.

    Attractive leaves

    Pot plant

    Indoor plant

    Uses

    Ornamental

    Grow for both indoor and outdoors.

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