Summer is coming to an end and that means it is time to bring those Boston Ferns indoors. Even if your plants were thriving outside, you will need to know how to care for Boston Ferns indoors.
Boston Ferns are a great plant to have both indoors and out, they add a nice touch to any decor. Botanically named Nephrolepis exaltata “Bostoniensis”, the Boston Fern is a common choice for decorators and gardeners alike. It offers both beauty and elegance, plus this houseplant has a reputation for cleaning the air inside your home but it can be a difficult plant to maintain if you don’t know How to Care for Boston Ferns Indoors & Out.
Ferns thrive in high humidity, so it is best to keep them in a moist environment. To ensure high humidity around your ferns, if you have a humidifier running nearby this will do the trick. If your environment tends to be dry, you can fix this problem with pebbles some or rocks. Fill a little dish or tray with rocks and add water, place the plant on top, this will allow your fern to soak up water as needed without sitting in it.
Boston Ferns do not like to be soaking wet so use caution when watering your houseplant. Even though they like high humidity around them, it is best to not soak them until they dry out, then water again. No need to water every day.
Find a bright location in your home to keep your Boston Fern that will not saturate your fern wight direct sunlight throughout the day. Boston Ferns prefer indirect lighting indoors as well as out, so keep that in mind when finding a home for this houseplant.
Boston Ferns should be fertilized every other week using a balanced 10-10-10 fertilizer, this means 10 percent nitrogen, 10 percent phosphate and 10 percent potassium. I like to set my Boston Fern in the sink and pour the fertilizer in along with water and allow it to run through and soak the plant thoroughly. I then remove from the sink and allow to dry out before the next watering.
Trim the fronds and leaflets when the plant begins to lose it’s vibrant green color. Address the problem that is causing your fern to shed its leaves. This can happen when repotting your fern or relocating it indoors for the Winter. Some breeds of Boston Ferns will send out little runners that you can pull off and replant, they are baby ferns with tiny roots.
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