7 Tips For Growing Boston Ferns
The Boston fern is a popular house plant and for good reason. These ferns are one of the oldest plants in the world and they can thrive even with minimal effort on your end. They love the shade, they don’t need any dead-heading, truly, they are a busy gardener’s dream plant.
While taking care of a Boston fern is straight-forward, there are certain things you need to keep in mind to make sure that they grow happy and healthy. Today, we’ll be talking about seven simple care tips to keep these ferns beautiful.
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Tips for Growing Fabulous Boston Ferns at Home
- Grow them in proper soil. They thrive in rain forests and in tropical areas so you need to make sure that the soil you use at home mimics their natural habitat. You can do this by adding peat to the compost or soil. Make sure as well to use a well-draining soil and to prevent waterlogging your plants.
- Don’t expose them to too much direct sunlight. They don’t need full sun to thrive. This is one of the many reasons why they make great house plants. You can expose them to the early morning sun or late afternoon sun but anything in between can burn the fronds. Keep them in shared areas indoors.
- Place them in a humid area. Boston ferns love humid conditions so if you have a sunroom, definitely place them there. If you don’t have an area like this in your house, place them in a warm area and mist them once a week to create much-needed humidity.
- Be smart about fertilizing. Fertilize these ferns every three to four weeks. It is also advisable to use liquid fertilizer to prevent shocking or burning the plant.
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- Remove damaged fronds. Fern fronds can get damaged and discolored due to uneven watering or too much fertilizer. It can also be caused by compacted soil, overcrowding, or even from too much contact with the plant. When brown leaves appear, prune them at the base as they appear.
- Put them in proper containers. You can definitely put them in containers and pots but make sure that they have enough space to spread their roots. Use peat-based potting soil.
- Check your home’s temperature. Ferns like warm and humid areas and they will thrive in temperatures of around 70 degrees. Keep these ferns in a warm spot at home to keep them happy and healthy.
Boston ferns are not hard to grow, you just need to know what makes them happy. Have you ever had one before? Share your experience and tips in the comments below.
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