Here are some tips if you have Boston Ferns you bought in the summer for your porch or patio and are trying to keep them happy - or if you adopted one as strictly a house plant and aren't having a lot of success. The following tips should help keep that exotic plant happy and give you many years of pleasure and ooooohs and aaaaahs from friends when they visit.
Ferns are popular houseplants, however the Boston Fern is one of the most common ferns you see in people's homes. Arching long green fronds forming an elegant mound characterizes this houseplant. Boston Ferns can reach up to 5 feet so keep that in mind when looking to repot.
Boston Ferns prefer medium light levels, so try and keep your plant within 4 to 7 feet of a sunny window providing indirect sunlight to the houseplant. If the foliage begins to wither, the plant is probably not receiving enough light. You may remove the dead fronds as needed.
Boston Ferns also require moderate to heavy watering. Keep the soil moist at all times with exception to the winter months. In the winter, water your fern once the soil feels dry to touch, however do not let the soil dry out too much. Boston Ferns have high humidity requirements so give your plant a misting a couple times a week to help fulfill its requirements. If the foliage begins to fade in color, chances are the plant is not receiving enough water.
Ferns prefer normal temperatures. 60 – 75 during the day and slightly cooler at night. Keep these plants away from drafts and registers as well. It's also a good idea to provide your plant with some houseplant food. Once a month use a water-soluble houseplant food except in fall and winter months.
If you know someone who has had fern companions for years and has never had problems with shedding or problems, please ask them how they do it and share that with us.