Boston Fern

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A beloved foliage houseplant, the Boston Fern (Nephrolepsis exalta) is a tried and true way to add a lush natural look to your home, porch, patio, or other shady to bright indirect sun locations. With soft, feathery fronds, Boston Ferns (nicknamed the Sword Fern) have an enormous personality!

New fronds froth upwards from the center of the plant, then arch downward in a graceful sweep. The fine-textured cut-leaf fronds have pretty curls at the ends of the young leaves and have a glowing bright yellow-green hue!

With a fast-growing nature, these Ferns are actually native to the humid forests of South America and Florida. Fantastic in protected locations and indoors, these plants can be brought indoors before cold weather starts in the fall throughout cooler growing zones, but in warm, frost-free locations, Boston Ferns can remain outside year-round but do best in pampered, shady locations.

Planting and Application:

They make fabulous hanging plants. Or, choose to place them on a tall plant stand or pedestal. They'll make an incredible room divider and soften any angles in your furniture placement. As they mature, you'll love the deeply symmetrical look.

Hang your Boston Fern in a sunny window in your bathroom, where it will enjoy the post-shower humidity! Install a sturdy ceiling hook and use a hanging basket for your Boston Fern or pot up in a container. Just be sure you can reach to add water as needed. Your Boston Fern would love it, and you'll feel like you are on vacation every morning.

Why not try a pair on either side of an entry or to flank a large window? Hanging evenly spaced along a covered front porch or back deck will transform the area into a soothing hangout and add a cool, refreshing effect!

  • Lush Long Finely-Cut Foliage
  • Full Fountain-Like Form
  • Incredible Air Purification Capabilities
  • Can be Used in Hanging Baskets & Containers
  • Shaded Patios, Porches, Lush Greenery Indoors & Out

#ProPlantTips for Care:

Boston Fern is a relatively easy care plant, although it does need regular TLC. Place them in indirect sunlight near a window. No direct sun, please! Moisture is critical to these gorgeous foliage plants. You'll need to keep the soil consistently moist and the humidity air high. Fertilize every 4-6 weeks throughout the growing season/ These Ferns appreciate compost and moisture-retentive soils and lots of air humidity.

Use the Finger Test when watering - Touch the soil several times a week to see if you need to add filtered water. You'll start to develop the touch when your plant is getting dry. You may need to add water daily, or several times a week. Better to actually touch the soil, than rely on a set schedule. Evenly moist soil is always best. Trim away yellowing fronds and give them a gentle shake to clean out fallen leaf matter from the crown. Repot and divide your containers every 3-5 years. Check out our Garden Blog for indoor houseplant care during the winter.

  • Bright Indirect Light
  • Consistent Moisture
  • Well-Drained Soil
  • Indoor & Outdoor
  • Easy Care & Low Maintenance

Part of the charm of houseplants is you get an opportunity to live closer to nature. We'd like to recommend you remain mindful as you care for your pretty Boston Fern. It will become a wonderful friend if you'll let it for years! Order yours at!

Buying Options for Plants

Nature Hills sells a large variety of plants with several options available. Plants are offered in both potted containers and as dormant bare root without soil. Here is a helpful resource to understand your options as you create a beautiful landscape with help from Nature Hills.

Ever wonder what a larger plant will mean for your landscape? Container Sizes are really all about the age of the plant!

Seasonally, Nature Hills offers hand selected, high quality bare root trees, shrubs and perennials. Bare root plants are sold by height from the top of the root system to the top of the plant. Plants may be taller than the height minimums.

  • Popular sizes of select trees are 1 foot, 2 feet, 3 feet, etc.
  • Popular sizes of select bare root plants is 1 foot, 18 inches, etc.

Nature Hills Container Size by Volume

Keep in mind, specific varieties and different growing conditions can affect the rate at which plants grow. Variations in size may occur.

Young Plants to 18 Months
Size Volume
2"x2"x3" Ranges from .18 to .21 dry quarts / .198 to .23 dry liters in volume
4.5" Container Equal to .65 dry quart / .72 dry liter in volume
Sprinter Pot Equal to .63 dry quart / .69 dry liter in volume
4" Container Ranges from .31 to .87 / .35 to .96 dry liter in volume
6" Container Equal to 1.4 dry quarts / 1.59 dry liters in volume
1 Quart Equal to 1 dry quart / 1.1 dry liter in volume
5.5" Container Equal to 1.89 of a dry quart / 2.08 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x5" Ranges from .8 to 1.1 dry quarts / .88 to 1.2 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x6" Ranges from 1.0 to 1.3 dry quarts / 1.1 to 1.41 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x9" Ranges from 1.1 to 2.1 dry quarts / 1.2 to 2.3 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x10" Ranges from 1.7 to 2.3 dry quart / 1.87 to 2.53 dry liters in volume
Plants 18 Months - 2.5 Years Old
Size Volume
2 Quart Equal to 2 dry quarts / 2.2 dry liters in volume
#1 Container Ranges from 2.26 to 3.73 dry quarts / 2.49 to 4.11 dry liters in volume
5"x5"x12" Equal to 3.5 to 4.3 dry quarts / 3.85 to 4.74 dry liters in volume
Plants 2 - 4 Years Old
Size Volume
#2 Container Ranges from 1.19 to 1.76 dry gallons / 5.24 to 7.75 dry liters in volume
#3 Container Ranges from 2.32 to 2.76 dry gallons / 10.22 to 12.16 dry liters in volume
Plants 3 - 5 Years Old
Size Volume
#5 Container Ranges from 2.92 to 4.62 dry gallons / 12.86 to 20.35 dry liters in volume
#6 Container Ranges from 5.25 to 6.01 dry gallons / 23.12 to 26.42 dry liters in volume
#7 Container Ranges from 5.98 to 6.08 dry gallons / 26.34 to 26.78 dry liters in volume

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Shipping Rates

At Nature Hills we handle, package and ship the products you order with the utmost care to ensure healthy delivery. Shipping and handling charges are calculated based on the tables below. Please note that some items include an additional handling surcharge, these will be noted on the item's product page.

From To S&H
0 - 19.99 24.99
20 - 49.99 29.99
50 - 69.99 34.99
70 - 99.99 39.99
100 - 129.99 44.99
130 - 149.99 48.99
150 - 150+ Approx 28%

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Growing Zones All Zones Indoors
More Information
Brand Nature Hills' Choice
Botanical Name Nephrolepsis exalta
Type Houseplant
Mature Height 2 - 3 feet
Mature Spread 2 - 3 feet
Sun Exposure Partial Shade
Soil Moist & Rich
Moisture Evenly Moist
Growth Rate Fast
Foliage Color Green
Pollinator Friendly No
Pruning Time After Foliage Yellows