Boston Fern

Nephrolepis exaltata

A vigorous tropical evergreen fern that forms a dense clump of lush green, upright fronds. Roots will often have small, underground rhizomes through which the fern will spread, and it may become invasive if unmonitored. Wonderfully suited for borders, baskets, or containers, this handsome fern does best in partial or full shade, or can be grown indoors as a houseplant.


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Boston Fern

Nephrolepis exaltata
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1 gallon, 5"h x 8"w:3 / 5 gallon, 14"h x 13"w

Deciduous / Evergreen

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Special Features

Common Nursery Plant Forms

We use plant forms to describe how a plant has been grown in our nursery. Here are some common nursery plant forms explained.

A bush or multi refers to a shrub or small tree grown with multiple stems.

A standard has been trained to have a single trunk.
Many bush/multi plants are also available in standard form, so be sure to check the form when you add plants to your cart.

A column refers to a tree or shrub grown into a tall, narrow shape.

An espalier is a plant trained to grow in a two-dimensional form against a trellis.

Staked plants will be tied to a wooden or plastic stake during the growing process. This technique is generally used on vines but is sometimes used for certain trees or shrubs.