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Boston Fern Houseplant

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One of the most well known ferns

One of the most well-known and popular ferns, the Boston fern (Nephrolepis exaltata bostoniensis) is admired not only for its attractive frilly blue-green fronds but also for its ability to thrive indoors. All it requires is a steady environment, consistent watering, and moderate light to be healthy and happy. Its flexibility to be displayed in any number of ways—as a lush specimen on a pedestal or in a hanging basket or grouped as a part of a larger vignette—makes the Boston fern a perfect gift for almost anyone.

The benefits of Boston ferns don't stop at their beauty. Houseplants increase the quality of our lives and contribute to our overall well-being. Plants in the home help us breathe easier by absorbing carbon dioxide and releasing oxygen; by removing toxins to purify the air; and by increasing the humidity in the air, reducing dry skin, colds, sore throats, and coughs. There are even studies showing that houseplants reduce stress and sickness, boost creativity, and increase focus and productivity.

Container Height: 6"
Plant Height: 11-14"
Overall Gift Height: 12-15"


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Item Form Gift Plants
Virtual Form Gift Plant
Height 6 in - 9 in
Additional Characteristics Greenery
Foliage Color Dark Green, Light Green, Medium Green
Occasion All Occasion, Anniversary, Birthday, Congratulations, Encouragement, Get Well, Good Luck, Graduation, Housewarming, Retirement, Sympathy, Thank You, Thinking of You, Wedding
Recipient Coworker, Father, For Her, For Him, Gifts for Gardeners, Graduate, Grandparent, Host/Hostess, Mother, Teacher
Restrictions *Due to state restrictions we cannot ship to the following:
Canada, Alaska, Guam, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands

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Boston Fern Care Guide


Open your gift and unwrap the container, then follow the instructions below carefully to grow and enjoy a healthy plant.


Display your fern where it will receive plenty of bright indirect light. Too much direct sunlight will burn the fronds; too much shade will produce sparse fronds. It will thrive in a high humidity environment with temperatures of around 65° to 75°F during the day and around 55°F at night. It will not tolerate cold temperatures below 35°F or hot temperatures above 95°F.


Keep the soil evenly moist, but not soggy. Water when the soil surface is dry to the touch. Be sure to drain excess water so there is no standing water at the bottom of the container. Between waterings, do not allow the plant to dry out completely. If the soil dries out, the foliage will dry up and fall off the plant. Ferns prefer humidity and, in drier environments, will benefit from having their foliage misted.

Boston Fern Houseplant

Apply a complete liquid fertilizer every 4 weeks at 1/2 strength throughout the growing period, typically from spring to midsummer.

Jackson & Perkins offers a selection of fertilizer & plant care products. We suggest using AlgoPlus fertilizer for the general health and maintenance of your plant.


When your plant has outgrown its current pot, transplant in early spring, if possible, or divide by cutting off sections of the fern, with healthy roots intact, and repot to create more plants. With each repotting, increase the pot size 1 to 2 inches and use fresh, high-quality potting soil. After transplanting, it is important to keep the soil moist, but not soggy.

IMPORTANT: Ornamental plant material should not be eaten. Keep away from pets and children.

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