Boston Fern

Family: Polypodiaceae (fern)

Origin: Tropical regions around the world

Care: Feed weekly with a weak liquid fertilizer as long as the plant is producing new foliage. Feed sparingly in winter. Provide tepid water to keep the soil moist but not soggy. Never let the root ball dry completely. Ferns love to be misted, and this is essential in hot, dry air.

Lighting: Semi-sun

Ideal Temperature: 50-75°F (10-24°C)

Challenges: Scale insects, spider mites, and aphids are possible, but rare.

Propagation: Division