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How to Care for Boston Ferns

A Boston Fern is a nice fern to keep in your house, when you can keep it alive! You have to have a green thumb, and a few tips. This article will give you the much-needed tips to keep your beautiful Boston Ferns alive and growing for a long, long while.

Steps

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    Check out the environment it's in. Boston Ferns need a cool place with high humidity and indirect sunlight. If your plant will be grown inside, consider a place with high humidity, especially in the winter months.
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    Choose a nice soil. Boston Ferns love peat moss. Some other good things to add into the soil are sand and garden soil.
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    Look at your water situation. Under-watering is the number-one reason Boston Ferns die. They need plenty of water to keep them alive and healthy. Anytime the soil feels even remotely dry, water it.
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    Watch your fertilizing! Boston Ferns do "'not"' need a lot of fertilizer. Only fertilize sparingly around 2-3 times a year.
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    Watch for Bugs. Boston Ferns are still susceptible to bug infestation, so you need to be on the watch for bugs. Common bugs that Boston Ferns host are:
    • Spider mites
    • Mealybugs
    • Aphids
    • Red spiders
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    Occasionally trim your Fern. There may be yellowing leaves due to lack of humidity, but you can trim them off with ordinary scissors.
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    If the leaves look a bit gray, it may be time to re-plant. Put the recommended soil mixture into a new pot, and add the Fern.

Tips

  • To help keep your Boston Fern humid while it's inside, place it on a tray of pebbles with water in it.
  • Treat your Boston Fern if it becomes infested. The longer you wait, the more prone your Fern is to dying.

Warnings

  • If your plant is infested, do not treat with chemical pesticides. This may burn the fronds off of the plant.

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Categories: Indoor and Patio Plants