Sword Fern

Nephrolepis spp.

Boston Sword Fern, Wild Boston Fern, Tuber Ladder Fern, Fishbone Fern, Swaardvaring (Afr.)

profile iconBoston Fern (Nephrolepis exaltata)
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profile iconBoston Fern (Nephrolepis exaltata)
by Mokkie (CC BY-SA 3.0)
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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 Boss Ferns, they have clumps of arching, usually light green narrow pinnately-divided fronds. In cool climates they are usually grown under glass as houseplants and may also 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.
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Harvesting

Pick the green leaves to use in flower arrangements as needed.

Propagation

Division

Divide the stolon with leaves attached to form new plants.

Spores

Sow spores as soon as ripe.

Special features

Attractive leaves

Drought resistant

Can tolerate dry spells.

Indoor plant

Place in bright filtered light and mist when the humidity is low.

Pot plant

Plant in a moisture retaining potting mix, and keep the mix moist.

Wet sites

Will tolerate wet sites, as long as they are not permanently wet.

Environment

Light

Partial Shade, Partial Sun

Soil moisture

Moist

Soil type

Loam, Sand

Soil PH preference

Neutral, Acid

Frost hardiness

Tender

Personality

Family

Nephrolepidaceae

Scent

None

Problems

When fronds become too wet, fern scale and rot may be a problem.

Companion plants

Plant in damp shade, with ferns and sub-tropical plants.
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