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Live Florida Boston Fern Plant Shade/sun
8-12 IN LONG -SOME LONGER WITH ROOT SYSTEMS TO PLANT shipped bare root
Great for borders and fill in sections or hanging baskets they multiply like Crazy
in the home they remove toxins better then any other plant
Wild Boston fern SWORD FERNS has erect fronds up to 3' long and 6" wide in tufted clusters arising from underground stems called rhizomes.
The individual pinnae (leaflets) are as much as 3" long and shallowly toothed, but not further divided. The round sori (clusters of spore-bearing organs) are in two rows near the margins on the underside of the pinnae.
Boston fern is a common native fern in humid forests and swamps in Florida, and occurs also as a native in SOUTH AMERICA Mexico and Central America, the West Indies, Polynesia and Africa - a testament to the ability of wind to disperse tiny spores!
Light:Partial shade to shady OUTSIDE and bright, filtered light indoors.
Moisture: Boston fern likes a moist but not soggy, soil, rich in organic matter. This is the most drought tolerant of the commonly cultivated ferns, but it thrives only under conditions of high humidity. In containers, put a couple inches of pebbles beneath the potting medium and keep them (but not the potting medium itself) wet to increase humidity. Mist Boston fern every day or so if the relative humidity is below about 80%.
Hardiness: USDA Zones 9 - 11. Boston fern is killed to the ground by frost but will re-emerge in spring. Boston fern and its cultivars are the toughest and most widely used of all ferns. They were the typical "parlor ferns" Outdoors, Boston fern is usually grown in moist, shady sites beneath ornamental trees or shrubs, or as a ground cover. It makes a good ground cover for the north side of the house or under shade trees where little else will grow. Under favorable conditions, Boston fern will spread by underground runners. Indoors, the species and its many cultivars are often grown in hanging baskets or on pedestals. They are especially suitable for the bathroom or kitchen where they will appreciate the high humidity and clean the air .
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