Real World Gardener NEW Boston ferns are Plant of the Week

May 31st, 2015

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Not all ferns should be relegated to the bathroom. That's was a real 70's thing that still hangs around some of our memories now.

Are we still putting ferns in our bathrooms?  wWat about outdoors?


When you go into your garden do you feel relaxed or are you always thinking about what jobs you have to do next?

The job thing can sometimes overtake your pleasure in the garden.

Why not instead of concentrating on all those tasks, reward yourself with some new plants that are instantly appealing, don’t require much maintenance and help with the calmness and relaxation of the garden.

We're  talking about ferns , Boston ferns or Nephralepis exaltata.

 You can buy a Boston Fern from just about anywhere, plus it’s relatively cheap and is a great starter fern. They look a bit like the weed, the fishbone fern, but aren't known to be a problem in the garden.



There are now 20 different varieties to choose from, whereas back in the heyday of the 70's and 80's, there was only ever one type of boston fern.


The boston fern of today comes with a wide variety of foliage even crinkly foliage.

Maybe that's harking back to the 80's still and the crimped hair craze?


Any fern is great if you enjoy the lush green foliage and the feelings of peace and tranquility they seem to create.



It's also one of the top rated plants for removing air pollutants from the air and because of its almost large appetite for water it pumps out vast amounts of water vapour into the nearby air, increasing surrounding humidity.


Ferns like moist shady places indoors or out.


Mist spray them if they're indoors, but if you're growing your boston ferns outdoors, and they end up looking a bit burnt or straggly, give them a hard prune to rejuvenate them.


Ferns reproduce by spores so if you have the right conditions, you may have little fern offspring in various moist shady places in your garden.

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