Boston Fern - Keep Yours Happy and Healthy

Nephrolepis exaltata

Full and bushy, with cascading fronds, this classic fern is a beautiful addition to any room in your home and even on your porch during the spring and summer. However, Boston Ferns love humidity so the bathroom or kitchen can be the perfect spot for this gorgeous fern.

This tropical plant from the Americas, Africa, and the Pacific Islands will be happiest in slightly humid conditions. Regular weekly misting will keep your Boston Fern healthy and in return, it will help keep you healthy! This uniquely beautiful fern also cleans and filters the surrounding air of pollutants and toxins.

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Common Name

  • Boston Ferm

Quick Boston Fern Stats

  • Your Boston Fern prefers bright Indirect light
  • The Boston Fern has air-cleaning properties.
  • Boston Ferns are great plants for beginners.
  • The Boston Fern is pet-friendly.

Light Requirements

Your Boston Fern prefers bright indirect, filtered, or diffused light out of direct sun.

Water Requirements

Maintaining the correct soil moisture is key to keeping your Boston Fern happy and healthy. The soil should be constantly moist, but not soggy and never let the soil dry out completely. It’s also best to use lukewarm water.

Humidity Preferences

Your fern prefers high humidity. Mist the fronds 1-2 times per week during the spring and summer months, increase to 2-3 times during the autumn and winter. You can also, add a humidifier to your home during the winter months. The leaves on your Boston fern will turn yellow if the humidity is not high enough.

Optimum Temperature

The ideal room temperatures for this fabulous fern is between 60-75 degrees. If the temperature falls below 55 degrees, it will stop growing. Avoid cold drafts and warm air from a heater directly on the fronds.

Plant Food

For best results, use a general all-purpose liquid houseplant fertilizer at half strength once a month during the spring and summer. There is no need to feed your plant in the winter when plant growth naturally slows. Before applying any form of fertilizer make sure the soil is damp. In the winter, it is also recommended that distilled water be used once a month to water the Boston fern to help flush out any salts that may have built up in the soil.

Additional Care

Regularly remove any dead fronds from the plant to encourage healthy, rich, and green growth. Cut stems at the soil line with clean, sharp shears.


Boston Ferns are non-poisonous to humans and pets.

The Boston Fern was featured in the January Lunarly box.

Lunarly | Boston Fern Plant | Lunarly January 2019 Box

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