Tuberous Swordfern

Nephrolepis cordifolia

Tuber Ladder Fern, Ladder Sword Fern, Fishbone Fern, Erect Sword Fern

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A close up of a green Nephrolepis cordifolia fern plant
profile iconStarr 070221-4863 Nephrolepis cordifolia
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Nephrolepis cordifolia is a tuberous perennial fern species commonly known by the name Boston Fern. It resides in the Nephrolepidaceae family and is a common houseplant in many areas of the world. This species is typically grown as an ornamental plant for the attractive foliage, 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.
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Planning

Difficulty

Easy

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

Special features

Origin

Northern Australia, Asia.

Natural climate

Temperate

Environment

Light

Full Shade, Partial Shade, Partial Sun

Soil moisture

Wet

Soil type

Clay, Loam

Soil PH preference

Neutral

Frost hardiness

Tender

Uses

Ornamental

Grow for both indoor and outdoors.

Personality

Family

Nephrolepidaceae

Scent

None

Problems

Generally problem free

Companion plants

Plant with ferns and under large shade trees.
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