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Boston Fern in 10" Hanging Basket

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About Boston Fern in 10" Hanging Basket

The Boston fern, also known as the sword fern, is a popular fern species that is synonymous with tropical regions around the world and is the newest addition to the Plants by Mail catalog for the 2022 season! It is a classic houseplant often hanging out in living room corners or hanging from the rafters of porches and balconies alike. Its blue-green sword shaped foliage is composed of small leaflets that grow vertically and only begin to arch once the fronds have become much larger. Like many other ferns, the Boston fern is a slow grower and it thrives when planted outdoors in the fall, spring or at any point in the year if planted indoors.


The sword fern is found may be found in a myriad of color combinations ranging from solid green to bright gold and green variegated varieties. Along with a combination of hues you also will notice several textures within this species. Some are curly and wavy while others may be twisted, drooping and consists of densely packed overlapping fronds.

Mature plants are 3-4 feet wide in both height and width under optimal conditions. Nephrolepis exaltata is a larger variety of fern compared to others. They may require little care, but they will outgrow their containers on a regular basis - usually ever 2 to 3 years.

Boston Fern Care

Boston ferns are tropical plants in nature and ideally prefer to be located in swamp-like, humid and forested areas when placed outdoors. USDA ZONES 9 - 11 provide the ideal climates for your Boston ferns to thrive. When caring for an indoor Boston fern it is a good idea to provide to provide additional humidity for them especially in the cooler months when heaters tend to run often therefore creating warm, but dry air. Lightly misting your fern 1-2 times per week should also provide it with its needs.

Yellowing leaves: If the leaves of your fern are struggling to retain their green color and are beginning to look dry and yellow chances are the locations humidity is not high enough.

Watering: Making sure that the soil remains damp is the key to a healthy fern that can enjoy years of life. Check the soil on daily basis to be sure that no dryness is present. If so, water generously and allow water to drain thoroughly. Oftentimes these ferns are planted in mixtures of soil high in peat moss, soaking the Fern routinely to full hydrate the moss is a great idea. Once again make sure the plant is well draining allow it to drain thoroughly once this has been done.

Boston Fern Spacing 

For a seamless planting, plant your Boston Fern 12-14 inches apart. Otherwise, space them 18+ inches apart for space between plantings.

Common Name
Boston Fern in 10" Hanging Basket
Scientific Name
Nephrolepis exaltata
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Average Size
2-3" H x 2-3" W
Bloom Season
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