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BOSTON FERN:

Boston fern is also known as SWORD FERN and scientifically as Nephrolepis exaltata. The plant can reach to a height of 1 metre under optimal conditions. The fronds of the fern are multilobed and the underside of the fronds contain brown, rough, round structures which are spores (it is a means of growing and multiplying).

This plant is an easy to care provided, it receives a good amount of bright indirect sunlight or partial shade and high humidity.

 

HOW TO CARE FOR YOUR FERNS:

SOIL:

  • Provide a loose, a well-draining soil mixture, not much. Since they prefer organic content in the soil such as peat, coconut peat, keeping a balanced acidic soil (pH 6-6.5) is benefitting to the plant growth.
  • Peat moss can be a great alternative for soil which will maintain a high humid condition.
  • Avoid dry soil. More prolonged period of dry soil will turn the fronds yellow and your plant might even die. These are intolerant to dry soil.

LIGHT:

  • These plant needs a bright indirect light so keep near a window where direct sunlight does not fall. Do not let direct sunlight touch the foliage, the leaves may become scorched.
  • An ideal location will be where filtered sunlight or partial shade is available.

WATERING:

  • They prefer moist soil (not wet). make sure the soil is Damp. To maintain the water content or moisture in the soil, use pebble tray OR keep a sprayer handy.
  • Drooping of leaves is possible if the plant is underwatered or overwatered. Reduce watering during winters.

PRUNING:

  • Pruning is not required much. Do remove the yellow and brown fronds.

FERTILIZING:

  • Ferns are not a fan of fertilizers. They hate the inorganic build-up on the topsoil.
  • Fertilize during the growing season (April-September), preferably liquid fertilizer of half the strength. Avoid bringing the fertilizer in contact with the fronds.

REPOTTING:

  • If you have the plant for a year or so and you observe the plant is growing slow, check for its nutrient requirements or the plants need a bigger pot.

 

HOW TO PROPAGATE YOUR FERNS:

The propagation is ferns is damn easy, when grown with rhizome division. By simply snipping some fronds with rhizomes and plant in new pot.

They can also be propagated using spores, which can be tricky for the beginners.

 

 

ORIGIN North American countries
COLOURS ON PLANT Green
PLANT TYPE Indoor/Outdoor (keep in partial shade), UPRIGHT GROWTH
SOIL Loose, moist (not wet), well-draining mix, acidic/ high organic matter
LIGHT REQUIREMENT Bright Indirect sunlight or partial shade
WATERING 2 times a week (increase watering in hot temperature)
FERTILIZERS Once or twice a year
PROPAGATION Rhizome division

 

KNOW YOUR FERNS:

There are some basic things which, y’all dear customers need to know. The so-called leaves are not leaves but FRONDS, the roots are called RHIZOMES, and FERNS DO NOT PRODUCE FLOWERS.

They prefer moisture and less of sun’s light. Ferns are sensitive plants and may die when fertilizers are provided to them in excess.

UNIQUE FEATURE: They are an excellent home cleaning and purifying plant, and removes formaldehyde. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/NASA_Clean_Air_Study

Quantity: A single plant in a pot

 

 

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