Boston Sword Fern, Wild Boston Fern, Tuber Ladder Fern, Fishbone Fern, Swaardvaring (Afr.)
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.
Pick the green leaves to use in flower arrangements as needed.
Divide the stolon with leaves attached to form new plants.
Sow spores as soon as ripe.
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.
Partial Shade, Partial Sun
Soil PH preference
When fronds become too wet, fern scale and rot may be a problem.
Plant in damp shade, with ferns and sub-tropical plants.