Boston Fern

Nephrolepis exaltata

Growzone: 9-11

Boston Fern finds its way into hanging baskets and mixed annual containers for the summer because of its easy going, full nature. 



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4" $12.95
10" Hanging Basket $38.95
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Boston Fern finds its way into hanging baskets and mixed annual containers for the summer because of its easy going, full nature. The lush, full foliage fills any container with solid green color. This fern looks beautiful in hanging baskets or mixed containers because it goes well with any color of foliage or any color flower, and brings a lot of personality to shady spots. Luckily, Asparagus Fern can also handle dappled shade, and indoors it just needs some light from a windowsill and some humidity. Boston Fern is a classic houseplant or hanging basket for summer outdoors. It doesn't require much light, and handles even the shadiest spots outdoors. Boston Ferns require consistent moisture, and can not handle going completely dry. They also like a fair amount of humidity if kept indoors, making these ferns a fabulous addition to kitchens or bathrooms. These ferns are loved for the dependable, easy nature. All they require is some water and a little bit of light to be happy. Boston Ferns have been a staple in homes for years.

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History and Naming of Boston Ferns:

Boston Ferns are a true symbol of summer because of their bright green full foliage. The fronds gently cascade over containers and do well in hanging baskets because of their graceful nature. The Boston Fern is actually a cultivar of a sword fern native to Florida, and shares most of its Latin name: Nephrolepis exaltata. These plants were widely cultivated as houseplants for people in the United States and Europe in the mid to late nineteenth century. Boston Ferns as a variety were discovered in a shipment between Philadelphia and Boston when a mutant was discovered, propagated and popularized. This mutation caused the fronds to cascade inside of having a strictly upright habit. Nephrolepsis exaltata 'Bostoniensis' is the Latin name for Boston fern. The first part is taken from the wild, native sword fern that grew in Florida and was cultivated to become the Boston Fern. The shipment that arrived in Boston determined the last addition to the Latin name.