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Ferns can be intolerant of conditions that don't meet their needs. Some indoor plants will survive just about anywhere but ferns need constant moisture and more humidity than many plants. Bright, indirect light is also required although a few may tolerate a lower light situation. Be prepared to spend a quite a bit more time on ferns than you would on some other houseplants.
Boston Ferns are often used as display plants on exterior wrap around porches, especially in warmer climates. They are great for shaded exterior locations, just be aware they may need daily watering if used outside. Temperatures for ferns should be kept between 55° and 75°F. Most ferns do not do well in extreme temperatures. Place in bright, indirect light although Boston Fern would do fine with some early morning sun. Provide humidity, especially indoors.
Ferns tends to lose foliage on a regular basis, especially if the lighting is not quite right, the humidity is too low or the watering is not correct. Lower, older fern fronds should be the first to go, as they are replaced with new growth. Cut out any of your fern's fronds as they begin to yellow or turn brown as this will help encourage new growth. Ferns look unsightly if they are not kept well groomed. This is especially true of Boston Ferns.
Keep your fern plant potting mix moist at all times. Do not allow your fern plant to dry completely. As with any plant, root mass should not be kept constantly soggy either. Please read sections on watering indoor plants and lighting for indoor plants. It is important to know that watering for your fern plant is relative to the light a plant receives.
Keep your fern foliage clean and keep an eye out for insect problems. Mealybug and scale can sometimes be a problem but a good wash down with soapy water should be sufficient to control these pests. On some ferns this can be difficult. With Boston Ferns it is easier to remove the foliage with the pest problems first and then spray the rest with soap mixture. Your fern would love a good shower with room temperature water.
When the growing season is over, you can cut back all of the growth on your Boston fern if you like. Move it to a well lit, warm location and reduce watering somewhat. It will regrow quickly and the new growth looks so much better than the old pale fronds.
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