​​​​​​​​Curly Boston

  • Common name: Curly Boston Fern
  • Scientific name: Nephrolepsis exaltata “Erecta”
  • Family name: Nephrolepidaceae
  • Origin: Florida, South America, West Indies
  • Height: 1.5 ft
  • Width: 2.4 - 6 in
  • Growth: Slow
  • Zone: 10-12
  • Light needs: Partial shade to full shade
  • Salt tolerance: Low
  • Soil/pH/Texture: Damp, well-drained, nutrient rich soil, with an acidic pH (pH 6.0-6.5)
  • Moisture: Prefers moist, humid conditions, and should be watered regularly
  • Drought tolerance: Moderate
  • Pests/Diseases: Mealybugs, spider mites, scale.
  • Growing conditions: Grows best in a shady, humid area with moist soil. Should be kept in the understory away from strong wind. If grown indoors, this plant prefers bright, filtered light, and can be planted in a variety of containers, such as hanging baskets. Make sure to mist it regularly if grown indoors, as this plant needs humid conditions.
  • Characteristics: Fronds are bright and rich green in color, typically growing up to 1.5 ft long and 6 in wide. Leaflets have a characteristic curly appearance. Spores are found along the edges of leaflets.
  • Propagation: By root division, since this cultivar does not produce true spores
  • Wildlife: Provides shade for small animals. Some caterpillars may eat its leaves.
  • Facts: In the wild, Nephrolepsis exaltata grows in swamps and wet hammocks.
  • Designer considerations: This plant makes for great ground cover, especially in shady areas. Its characteristic curly leaves make it an interesting focal point. Pair it with flowering plants for a pop of color. 


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Curly Boston

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