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Asked by
Anonymous on
November 5, 2010

Q. Wintering Over Boston Ferns

We have several Boston ferns in hanging pots near our pool. I want to move them inside my workshop for the winter. We live in Virginia Beach, Va. Can you tell me the minimum temperature required for their survival?

Answered by
Nikki on
November 5, 2010
Certified Expert
A.

You can put them into dormancy at 50-55 degrees F. Find a cool, dark place and put it there. Cut back on watering to about once every 3-4 weeks. They will look like they have died but they will come back. In the spring, bring it back out and resume normal care.

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Asked by
Anonymous on
January 1, 2011

Q. Boston Fern Fertilization

Is it necessary to fertilize a Boston fern? What special care does this plant need?

Answered by
Heather on
January 1, 2011
Certified Expert
A.

This article will help you with Boston fern care: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/houseplants/boston-fern/boston-fern-care.htm

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Asked by
Deborah on
January 16, 2011

Q. How Do You Prune a Boston Fern?

I have a boston fern that is huge and growing over the pot, weighting down the plant. I just need to know how to cut it back.

Answered by
Heather on
January 16, 2011
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Asked by
Anonymous on
January 29, 2011

Q. Boston Ferns

What do I do with the ‘bulbs’ that are growing in my Boston fern? It’s getting a little rootbound, so I would like to put it in a bigger container but I’m unsure what to do with the ‘bulbs’.

Answered by
Nikki on
January 31, 2011
Certified Expert
A.

The "bulbs" are just the plant's way of storing extra water. Leave them attached to the plant when you repot it.

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Asked by
celder on
March 5, 2011

Q. Our Boston Fern Is All Brown Roots and Hardly Any Green Fronds (12 Yrs Old)

What do we do? How long do Boston ferns survive?

Charlotte

Answered by
Heather on
March 7, 2011
Certified Expert
A.

It sounds like your fern is too root bound. While this plant does like to be root bound a little, it starts to produce those roots when it is root bound. I suspect that the loss of green leaves is tied to the fact that the plant is so root bound that it can't get enough water.

I would recommend repotting to a larger pot or significantly increasing water.

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Asked by
fayroberson2 on
March 31, 2011

Q. Can Boston Ferns Be Left Outside if the Temp Is 40-45

Can Boston ferns be left outside if the temp is 40-45?

Answered by
Heather on
April 1, 2011
Certified Expert
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They should be able to withstand those temps, but you may see some cold damage to their outside fronds.

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Asked by
Anonymous on
April 27, 2011

Q. Care and Feeding of Boston Fern

I need to know how to feed and care for my Boston fern and also a sago palm.

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