Boston Fern

Pot Size: 12cm

The Boston Fern is a mutation of the Nephrolepis exaltata and where it gets the name from is the subject of debate, though we know for certain that some botanical stuff was going down in Boston USA before the 20th Century came around. The Victorians were a big fan of this one and they didn’t use it to show wealth or taste like the palms. Instead it was grown in large planters to represent humility, which still sounds very luxurious but we’ll let them have it.

It’s care instructions are very much like the other ferns, keep the soil moist but never soggy and try to maintain a good level of humidity through misting etc.


Commonly known as: Boston Fern, Sword Fern

Horticultural Name: Nephrolepis exaltata

Origin: South/Central America, the Caribbean and the forests of Africa


Pot Size(s):  12cm

Current Height: Approx 30cm

Ultimate Height: Up to 1m in perfect conditions

Light: Best suited to partial shade/dappled lights. It’s used to being in swampy/humid forest settings underneath canopies.

Watering: Keep the soil moist but not sodden and regularly use a mister/humidifier to keep the prongs healthy.

Temperature: Will do fine in average hose temperatures but will prefer warmer environments like a steamy bathroom.

Additional Info: Their prongs can be sensitive so try not to touch them too much (keep out of the way of children). Safe to both humans and their four legged friends. Great air purifier.

Ceramic pot sold separately.