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Boston Fern Small

Nephrolepis exaltata "Bostoniensis"

("neff-roh-LEP-iss ex-al TAH-tah")

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Our small Boston Fern, or Nephrolepis exaltata, has erect, light green fronds that may grow to a metre or more in length.  Each frond is divided into many narrow pinnae or leaflets that grow alternately on either side of the midrib.  The popular variety, “Bostoniensis”, has large, wide (up to 40 cm on mature specimens) and long arching fronds.  In other, smaller varieties the leaflets have ruffled edges and are divided even further to give a feathery or lacy appearance. The species became popular as a houseplant in Victorian times. In 1894, a mutation was spotted in Boston, USA, which became the popular variety "Bostoniensis" or Boston Fern. The wild origins of the plant are, however, nowhere near Boston - they originate in the sub-tropics and tropics of central and South America, the Caribbean and Southern USA.

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The plant is not toxic


30-40cm. Large specimens can grow up to 60cm tall and can spread well over a metre

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Country of Origin

Southern USA, Caribbean, Central and South America (although introduced to the wild in parts of Africa, Asia and Australia)

Habitat Conditions

Nephrolepis exaltata originates in the sub tropics and tropics. It requires good moisture and prefers slightly cooler conditions than many houseplants - it will tolerate temperatures as low as 10C. It really does not thrive in hot, dry conditions, so keep away from radiators and keep the foliage well misted

Plant Care


Medium (can tolerate quite gloomy conditions). Avoid direct sunlight


The soil must be kept moist (but not wet). Mist the foliage with tepid water


Do not prune. However dead fronds can be cut off at the base with a sharp knife


Dilute fertilizer added to the water when you water the plant will be beneficial

Pest & Diseases

Mealybugs are the most likely pest that will be found - these should be removed by cleaning with a damp cloth or paper towel. Scale insects and whitefly might occasionally be seen. Scale insects should be rubbed off. Do not confuse the spore cases that sometimes form in the underside of the leaflets with pests or diseases - they are completely natural

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