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How to Care For Your Boston Fern

How to Care For Your Boston Fern

The Boston Fern or Sword Fern (Nephrolepsi exaltata) is a common and beautiful houseplant that need specific and simple care to thrive. While they can be quite the divas, their stunning look is certainly worth the work. 

Use this guide to keep your Boston Fern happy and healthy!


Thrives in bright indirect light. Avoid low light (less growth, dull colouring), and intense direct sunlight (burnt leaves). 


Keep your Boston Fern in rich, well draining soil. You can add peat moss to your standard potting mix to increase the drainage. 


Water when the top 1 inch of soil has dried out. Pay close attention. Ensuring they have the right amount of water (they will let you know if they don't!) means keep the soil moist, but not too soaked or dry.

If the soil is too dry, the leaves will start to dry and drop. 

Temperature and Humidity

The Boston Fern loves humidity. Avoid placing in an area where there are drafts, and keep by a humidifier or by the bathroom. Mist it regularly and keep the space a consistent, comfortable temperature.

You can have a healthy and luscious Boston Fern in your space with the right care and attention. Add it to your collection here!

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