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Boston Fern

Nephrolepsis Exaltata


Boston ferns are beautiful, powerful air purifying plants with long, graceful fronds covered with tiny leaves. It’s a relatively tough fern that has a higher tolerance for light and dry conditions than other species.

Plant Height: 30cm Pot Size: 12cm

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10:44 19 Feb 24
AVOID THIS COMPANY AT ALL COSTS !Bought a plant 70-90cm £34.99. when it arrived it was just below 50cm (£14.99). So they ripped me off for £20 and refuse to speak to me when I complained !
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I bought a plant which was supposed to be 70-90cm tall, what I received was significantly shortly than this. I contacted the company and they appeared to have not read my email, and their response did nothing to rectify the situation. My order number is: 155991. I'll amend my review if they fix the situation, but until then my advice would be to avoid this company.
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The plant arrived covered in bird poo and many leaves were torn and damaged. The plant was also 45% smaller than described online.The customer service was terrible - I had 3 rounds of arguing for my customer rights for a refund. I was originally offered a mere 10% discount. Finally after quoting their own refund policy in my email they agreed to collect and refund the plant however this took some time. Will definitely tell my circle to stay away from using oxy plants.
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How To Care For Boston Fern

Keep the soil moist. Don’t overdo it and invite root rot, but don’t let the soil go completely dry. To help you on your watering journey, why not try one of our watering cans?

Boston Ferns prefer indirect sunlight, as they are usually used to surviving in forest or woodland floor space. Just be sure not to place this shrub in direct sunlight as this will cause the leaves to brown and deaden.

Place your fern in a warm, humid environment. If you don’t have a particularly humid environment, simply give them a spray with a mister every once in a while. If you don’t have anything to spray your plants with, have a look at our very own watering misters.

Boston ferns aren’t overly fussy, but a well-draining sand/soil mixture should work best. If you’re unsure as to how your soil drains, why not use our soil and combi tester tool? This will help you to work our your soils moisture and pH levels!

During spring and summer, it’s worth giving your Boston Fern a feed every couple of months. Ferns benefit from a really well-balanced fertiliser as this will enable its roots to grow strong whilst, at the same time, keeping that recognisable foliage bushy and green. We recommend using Miracle-Gro Organic All-Purpose Pump and Feed!

Keep your eyes peeled for mealy-bugs, aphids and other creepy crawlies. If you do spot some we recommend washing them away in the shower and applying a mild insecticide like neem oil.

You can re-pot your Boston Fern into a larger vessel when it has outgrown its current pot. We recommend doing this approximately once per year. Why not have a look at our range of ceramic stone pots? Similarly, if you are really concerned about keeping your Boston fern consistently watered, why not treat yourself to a self-watering pot?

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About Boston Fern

boston fern nephrolepsis exaltata sword fern uk indoor plant house deliveryFancy yourself an exotic new shrub? Boston ferns are beautiful, powerful air purifying plants with long, graceful fronds covered with tiny leaves. Discovered in 1894, in a shipping container, F.C. Becker quickly thought to propagate cuttings of the Boston fern before selling it in America. After a short amount of time, the Boston fern quickly rose to fame as one of the most popular parlour plants on the planet!

Nephrolepis Exaltata is a relatively tough fern that has a higher tolerance for light and dry conditions than other species. Boston ferns look great in many ways – including on pedestals, in hanging baskets, as part of a grouping, or as lush specimen plants on the right windowsill. Just be sure to give the Boston fern plenty of space to grow in all directions. If your leaves are consistently touching a surface like a wall or a window, they may deaden. So, just have that in mind!

One of the Boston fern’s greatest assets is that is an air-purifying plant. In a 1984 NASA study, this indoor plant was recorded to remove formaldehyde, xylene, and toulene out of the air!

Top tip for Boston Fern’s

  • If fronds go colourless, prune them away.
  • To keep your Boston fern looking green, remember to mist the leaves every day.
  • To protect your leaves even further, keep your fern away from any drafts or winds.
  • If you want to go the extra mile, you could even use a well-balanced fertiliser.

Please note: this plant comes in a plastic nursery pot. Browse our entire range of plant pots to add that extra charm and character to your home.

Botanical Name
Nephrolepsis Exaltata
Sword Fern
Air Purification Qualities
Removes Formaldehyde, Xylene, Toluene
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