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Nephrolepis exaltata

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Description

A lush green fern commonly grown as a houseplant.  Prefers bright, indirect light.  Needs high humidity and soil moisture. Do not overwater to the point of sodden soil.  Cut back on water in the winter when the plant goes dormant. Does well to remove indoor air pollutants. Place near kitchens and bathrooms for higher humidity or set on a tray of wet pebbles.

Potentially invasive in warm climates.

They produce spores on the underside of the leaves.  These are dark brown to black dots that appear in a pattern.  Do not mistake these for insect or disease damage.   Scales or spidermites can be a problem if the air around the plant is too dry.

Cultivars / Varieties:
  • 'Bostoniensis'
  • 'Ruffles'
    ruffled foliage
  • 'Tiger'
    variegated foliage
Tags:
#invasive#houseplant#container plant#shade tolerant#lacy leaves#spores#hanging baskets
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
  • 'Bostoniensis'
  • 'Ruffles'
    ruffled foliage
  • 'Tiger'
    variegated foliage
Tags:
#invasive#houseplant#container plant#shade tolerant#lacy leaves#spores#hanging baskets
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Nephrolepis
    Species:
    exaltata
    Family:
    Polypodiaceae
    Life Cycle:
    Perennial
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    Tropical regions
    Dimensions:
    Height: 2 ft. 0 in. - 3 ft. 0 in.
    Width: 2 ft. 0 in. - 3 ft. 0 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Fern
    Houseplant
    Leaf Characteristics:
    Broadleaf Evergreen
    Habit/Form:
    Cascading
    Creeping
    Weeping
    Growth Rate:
    Rapid
    Maintenance:
    Low
    Texture:
    Fine
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Dappled Sunlight (Shade through upper canopy all day)
    Deep shade (Less than 2 hours to no direct sunlight)
    Soil Texture:
    Loam (Silt)
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    Available Space To Plant:
    12 inches-3 feet
    3 feet-6 feet
    Usda Plant Hardiness Zone:
    10a, 10b, 11a, 11b, 12a, 12b, 13a, 13b
  • Flowers:
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Fall
  • Leaves:
    Leaf Characteristics:
    Broadleaf Evergreen
    Leaf Color:
    Green
    Leaf Value To Gardener:
    Showy
    Leaf Type:
    Fronds
    Leaf Arrangement:
    Alternate
    Other/more complex
    Leaf Shape:
    Linear
    Leaf Margin:
    Crenate
    Undulate
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Description:
    Graceful, green, fronds with a lacy look. Are attractive in hanging baskets.
  • Stem:
    Stem Color:
    Brown/Copper
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Container
    Houseplants
    Pool/Hardscape
    Small Space
    Landscape Theme:
    Shade Garden
    Design Feature:
    Accent