Nephrolepis exaltata is considered as being a serious invasive plant, forming dense monocultures. It has 50 to 250cm (20 to 98 inch) long and 6 to 15cm (2 to 6 inch) broad in tufted clusters arising from underground rhizomes.
The individual pinnae (leaflets) are as much as 2 to 8cm (1 to 3 inch) long and shallowly toothed, but not further divided. The pinnate vein pattern is also visible on these highly compound leaves. The round sori (clusters of spore-bearing organs) are in two rows near the margins on the underside of the pinnae. The fronds grow upright at first, then arch gracefully downwards.
They grow in lovely arching rosette shaped and spread by runners.
|Common Name||Nephrolepis exaltata aurea, Golden Fern, Pivla Fern, Golden Boston fern, sword fern, Boston sword fern, wild Boston fern, tuber ladder fern, or fishbone fern|
|Maximum Reachable Height||Up to 2 feet|
|Difficulty Level||Easy to grow|
They make good houseplants, but require bright, filtered light and humid air. Propagate from runners between late winter and early spring. Of the commonly cultivated ferns, the Boston fern is the most tolerant to drought. The fern thrives best in humid conditions, so when grown as a houseplant it becomes necessary to mist the plant when relative humidity falls below around 80%.
|Sunlight||Full to Partial Sunlight|
|Soil||Well-draining soils which kept moist and humus-rich|
|Temperature||20 to 35 degree C|
|Fertilizer||Liquid fertilizer on a monthly basis during growth.|