Boston Fern

Posted by Hannah Brand on Apr 19th 2021

April 20th, 2021

Boston Fern

Hey plant friends!

This week we are talking about Nephrolepis exaltata whose common name is the Boston Fern; an iconic part of the Tonkadale experience. If you are able to take a stroll through the greenhouse this time of year, the greenhouse canopy is draped with hanging fern baskets – a magical experience. This year we are growing a variety called ‘Green Moment’ which is known for its runners that drape down in whimsical way. This fern belongs to the plant family Lomariopsidaceae and is native to tropical regions throughout the world.

Boston Ferns require warm and humid environments. They do best in bright, indirect light. If they are positioned outside, they will require a shady spot. Too much sun will surely burn their fragile fronds. These ferns require a rich soil like the Tonka Terra or Espoma Houseplant Mix. Having drainage is crucial for this plant since you will be doing a lot watering. These plants love a lot of water, keeping the soil moist but not soggy is the way to go. If this fern dries out it will drop fronds. When watering indoors a great tip is to bring your plant to the shower and give it a good soak. Having your Boston Fern outdoors will ensure maximum growth this summer. They love our humid summer days!

Order your fern baskets for pick-up before it’s too late! Protect from night time temperatures that drop below 45 degrees.

We currently carry Boston Ferns at the greenhouse in 6” and 12” pots. If you have any further questions feel free to reach out to us by phone, Instagram, or email us at

Happy planting!