Boston Fern Plants

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  1. Wintering Over Boston Ferns
  2. Boston Fern Fertilization
  3. How Do You Prune a Boston Fern?
  4. Boston Ferns
  5. Our Boston Fern Is All Brown Roots and Hardly Any Green Fronds (12 Yrs Old)
  6. Can Boston Ferns Be Left Outside if the Temp Is 40-45
  7. Care and Feeding of Boston Fern
Asked by Anonymous on November 5, 2010
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?

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Nikki
Certified GKH Gardening Expert

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
Boston Fern Fertilization

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

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Heather
Certified GKH Gardening Expert
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Asked by Deborah on January 16, 2011
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.

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Heather
Certified GKH Gardening Expert
Asked by Anonymous on January 29, 2011
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’.

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Nikki
Certified GKH Gardening Expert

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
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

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Heather
Certified GKH Gardening Expert

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

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

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Heather
Certified GKH Gardening Expert

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
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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