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General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Fern
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Partial or Dappled Shade
Partial Shade to Full Shade
Water Preferences: Mesic
Soil pH Preferences: Slightly acid (6.1 – 6.5)
Neutral (6.6 – 7.3)
Slightly alkaline (7.4 – 7.8)
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 9a -6.7 °C (20 °F) to -3.9 °C (25 °F)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 12
Plant Height: 2 to 3 feet
Leaves: Evergreen
Underground structures: Rhizome
Suitable Locations: Houseplant
Uses: Groundcover
Resistances: Humidity tolerant
Propagation: Other methods: Division
Stolons and runners
Containers: Suitable in 1 gallon
Suitable in 3 gallon or larger
Suitable for hanging baskets
Needs excellent drainage in pots


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By Sharon on December 3, 2011

It's to Iowa we travel this week, to visit the gardens of Larry Rettig and his wife, Wilma. I've been fortunate, I met Larry's Amana Colonies garden face to face earlier this year. I wandered those garden paths for days and every day I found something new. Let's take a look at these unbelievably beautiful Iowa gardens.

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Location: Western KentuckyDate: 2012-10-16
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Location: Chippewa, PADate: 2014-11-22
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Posted by Sharon (Calvert City, KY - Zone 7a) on Oct 16, 2012 10:05 AM

Beautiful outdoors in spring, summer and fall in zone 7, the Boston fern is easy enough to overwinter inside. It's best to cut back to within a few inches to prevent small dead leaves from littering indoors. After cutting back, new fronds will soon appear and if kept fairly humid, won't shed the new leaves. It will be gorgeous again by spring.

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Plant Events from our members
vbprog On November 13, 2014 Obtained plant
Given 2 big hanging baskets. Going to over winter inside then live outside come spring.
lemonFresh On August 28, 2018 Obtained plant
jhugart On July 8, 2019 Potted up
Repotted into a larger pot with fresh soil. Also trimmed out dead fronds.
jhugart On October 22, 1991 Obtained plant
This is the date that my dad died. Sometime after this, we acquired this fern and had it in our own home. We didn't do much but water it until 2019.
jhugart On June 1, 1985 Miscellaneous Event
This fern was one purchased by my dad. He had it before I entered high school. I don't know the exact date, of course.
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