Nephrolepis exaltata ‘Green Lady’

Boston fern, sword fern

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The Boston Fern forms a graceful, arching mound of lush ruffled green foliage that will drape itself pleasingly over the sides of a hanging basket or bathroom shelf. This is a good beginner’s fern, being a little more tolerant than some of its fussy cousins.


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Origin: S & Central America, West Indies
Genus: Nephrolepis
Species / Cultivar: exaltata 'Green Lady'
Common Name: Boston fern, sword fern

Plant Biography

‘Green Lady’ is a cultivar of Nephrolepis exaltata, which grows wild in South and Central America and the West Indies. Its usual native habitats are humid dappled places such as swamps and forests – explaining its desire for humidity and indirect lighting when grown in the home.

This fern is a symbol of good luck and is said to bring prosperity and abundance to its owners.

It is also known to be a natural air purifier, able to remove toxins from the air. Many sources list Nephrolepis as one of the top choices for improving air quality in the home, ranked at number 9 out of NASA’s top 50 air purifying plants.

Nephrolepis exaltata 'Green Lady'
Light: Medium
This plant likes a spot further away from bright windows, but still lit by natural light.
Soil: Indoor Potting Mix
Enjoys moist well drained soil with composted organics and some drainage material.
Temperature: 15-25°C
Temperature range at which this plant is healthiest and grows best.
Growth Rate: Medium
Expect to see moderate growth during growing season.
Final Size: Medium
Final size will be suitable for a table, plant stand, or large strong shelf.
Water Requirement: Regular Watering
Water when soil surface is dry to the touch. Water must draining easily away.
Humidity: High
Provide moist air via daily misting or trays of wet grit. Keep away from drafts and heaters.
Maintenance: A little
Easy to care for, just keep an eye on any extra environmental needs such as humidity.

Expert Tip

Resist touching the beautiful foliage, as it can bruise easily and looks its best undisturbed. A monthly feed in the growing season will boost its lush looks even further.
Care & Size Guidance

Care & Size Guidance

Slowly but surely, this fern can reach 75cm height and spread. Your main task, as with all ferns, is to keep it well watered but not waterlogged – and to position somewhere humid away from harsh direct sunlight.

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