Boston Fern

Happy at home on the forest floor


Care rating Needy af but who doesn’t love a diva?
Pot size 20cm
Height Approximately 40 - 50cm inc. pot

*Please note that measurements are approximate and each plant will vary

How not to kill
Back to the roots

Our houseplant friends never forget their roots, and they’ll always be the most content when their surroundings mimic their natural environment. The fern is the king of forest floor dwellers, and the boston fern is his crown. Most ferns grow on the forest floor where the light is filtered down through countless leaves before it gets to them, so direct sunlight is one to avoid for sure.

Don’t worry if this bushy guy looks a bit unhappy when you first get him home. Ferns don’t like a change of pace but if you find him the right chill out spot and make him feel at home he’ll be back on track in no time. 

A little helping hand - With every houseplant we send out you get a handy little guide to help your new plant live its best life, including where they'll want to live and how often they like to drink.

Our prehistoric friend is a big fan of shade in an otherwise sunny room, so if your conservatory is missing that special plant pal in a darker corner he’ll be perfect. Boston ferns are often hung for an extra awe-inspiring effect, but he’ll look just as good perching on a table or even sitting on the floor. As with most ferns, indirect sunlight is a must. You don’t want this guy to burn because damn, will he let you know about it. Look out for pale or scorched leaves and find somewhere shadier – he’ll thank you for it in the long run. Oh, and avoid any close proximity to a radiator. This guy likes it damp and that’ll dry the soil out far too quickly for him.

Water, water, and water again. This houseplant hails from a wet, humid place and he’s not a fan of the desert life so always keep a bottle close to hand just in case. Mist few days as well. In the summer you’ll both be thankful for that refreshing spray in the air. If you notice yellowing leaves and brown tips he’s feeling thirsty, so you’ll want to ramp up your drinking schedule a bit. He’s a hungry guy as well. Feed little and often or he’ll throw a strop.

Unlike his asparagus cousin, the boston fern is a happy chap and will let anyone have a taste. Although you won’t be happy if you wake up to a chunk missing from your new favourite guy, he’s not harmful to pets or humans.

A fun little tale we like to believe is that a ship carrying ferns to Boston in 1894 was the birthplace of this hybrid. That’s nothing though; the fern family is over 300 million years old. Their ancestors saw dinosaurs walking the earth, and they’ve been around for so long that there are almost 2000 species out there. If you want a living slice of ancient history in your own house you’ve found your guy.

Nationwide Delivery: We accept orders Monday - Friday with deliveries Tuesday to Saturday. We do not ship nationwide on Sundays.

Please allow 3 - 5 working days for delivery.