Boston Fern

The newest addition to my indoor plant family!  I have admired this plant at other people’s houses many times, so when I saw a little plant for $3 I just couldn’t resist!

I have found some conflicting info about care for this plant online.  Some of the info I have read says that this plant likes direct sunlight and needs it, other places it says only indirect bright light and that Boston Ferns do not like direct sunlight.

Needless to say, I am feeling a little unsure where I should put it.  I am going to keep an eye on it these first few weeks and see how it does.

I have also read a few places that they like high humidity.  I do not usually mist things or put them on a tray of pebbles.  So, we will see how it does without it, and maybe I will take these extra steps if it starts to die on me.

According to the sources I have read, the soil needs to stay moist for this plant, it does not like to dry out.  I also say some mention of amending the soil with peat moss.  I did not do this, but for most plants drainage is really important too- so we’ll see how things go.

I have seen conflicting reports about fertilizer too.  I will wait to fertilize like I usually do- I like to wait about 6 months before I fertilize any houseplants.

As I keep finding, there is info out there, but many times the best way to learn with plants is experimenting yourself.  There always seems to be exceptions to every rule when it comes to plants.

Anyone else have a Boston Fern?  Where do you have yours?




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