This post shares tips on how to care for Boston ferns indoors & out.
When Summer is coming to an end and it is time to bring those Boston Ferns indoors, this guide will help.
Even if your plants were thriving outside, you will need to know how to care for Boston Ferns indoors.
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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 no matter if this plant lives inside or out.
Plus this decorative 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 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.
Plus it’s a great way to collect any excess liquid when watering your Boston Ferns.
In the Winter, this method is even more helpful because the dry air will tend to bring the water up and out of the pan or bowl underneath.
This can help keep your plants from drying out in between waterings.
Boston Ferns do not like to be soaking wet so you can 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.
It can be really difficult to keep up with a plant that needs to be watered every single day. When selecting the right plant for you, keep in mind that Boston Fern Care requires a little less of your time.
Although when it is time to water your plants, it will take a bit longer than others with the sink method.
You will need to allow your plant to drip dry for a bit before moving in your home to prevent dripping water all over your house.
When to Repot Boston Ferns
The best time to repot your Boston Fern is when the plant is thriving, in the Springtime.
If you have your Boston Fern outdoors and want to bring it inside each Winter, it is best to keep that in mind when choosing a pot.
Choose something like this one that will allow you to bring the pot in and out when the seasons change.
No need to put your plants in shock with a repotting mid-Winter, plan ahead and your Boston Fern should thrive in its new pot.
It will look great inside your home and outside when the weather warms up again.
Try to avoid heavy, breakable pots, you will be glad you thought this through when it comes time to move your plants.
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.
During the winter months, you may need to reevaluate the proper Boston Fern care due to the placement of windows in your home.
The cloudy dreary days of Winter can impact the amount of sunlight your plant gets during the colder months, so it is best to keep that in mind when finding a place in your home for your plant.
You can always move it around as the weather changes but in my experience, the constant moving and bumping into furniture can damage the fronds.
Fertilizer for Boston Fern
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 it from the sink and allow it to dry out before the next watering.
During the Summer it can be much easier to water your Boston Ferns because you don’t have to worry about the excess water draining out onto your floor.
Using the sink to water your plant makes the hydrating process much easier and less messy.
Trimming a Boston Fern
Trim the fronds and leaflets when the plant begins to lose its vibrant green color.
Unfortunately, this will happen from time to time, especially if there is a problem with your Boston Fern.
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.
I love doing this, not only does it add to my plant collection but I love to do this without having to buy more.
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