Plant ID forum: Help ID this fern please.

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Crawford223
Apr 7, 2018 9:39 AM CST
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This is a houseplant. I'm curious abouts it's idenity and the longer filaments extending from it. Thanks!

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plantladylin
Apr 7, 2018 9:44 AM CST
Looks like a variety of Nephrolepis; there are many in that genus of plants: https://garden.org/plants/sear...

It reminds me of Boston Fern (Nephrolepis exaltata)
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Crawford223
Apr 7, 2018 9:47 AM CST
Do you know what the filament like (fronds) are?
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DaisyI
Apr 7, 2018 9:48 AM CST
Yes, it does look like a Boston Fern. I'm not sure what the 'filiments' are, maybe arial roots. When I had a Boston Fern, I was told not to cut them off.
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Crawford223
Apr 7, 2018 9:56 AM CST
It is currently in a tiny 2" plastic pot and probably needs re-potted. Maybe the aerial roots are an indication of it's crowded state. Any advice on re-potting it?
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plantladylin
Apr 7, 2018 10:03 AM CST
Those lateral branches/runners will travel along the soil surface and produce new roots; once roots have formed it can be separated from the mama plant and potted up for additional plants.
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DaisyI
Apr 7, 2018 10:09 AM CST
If you make a Boston Fern happy, it will fill any pot you give it in record breaking time. The key to success is good light and lots of water. If its only in a 2 inch pot, I would move it to a 6 inch pot. Normally, you would move it up one pot size but with a Boston Fern, I think you would be repotting before the end of summer. Also, they are easy to divide so you can keep it at a reasonable size.

Ok, just found the answer. The arial roots are not arial roots, they are runners. If they were on soil, they would root and grow new plants.
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Crawford223
Apr 7, 2018 10:18 AM CST
Wow! Thanks for all the great information.

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