Guernsey Donkey2 Posts: 6,713
Has anyone successfully grown a Nephrolepis Boston fern outdoors? I bought two at our GC today, planning to plant them outdoors, but I have since found out that they are indoor plants. Nothing on the label mentioned this fact, actually there wasn't a growing label, just the name label stuck on the pot. When I got them home, and before I had researched on the internet I took each plant out of it's pot and divided them in half making 4 plants.
I know our weather is fairly mild, but at the moment the temperatures are hovering around zero, would this kill the ferns?
that temperature would kill them 55 to 65 f preferred could go out in the summer indirect sun and they like humid conditions? They are sub tropical I believe ,nice plant though and thrive in the right conditions
Yes, just as I feared Zenjeff. The plant finder sites say they are ideal plants for bathroom (humid, warm, damp), but our bathroom is just a tiny box size room, we don't even have room for a bath but just a shower, so I don't think OH would be too keen to see precious space taken up with plants. Oh well, back to the drawing board.......
WIKIPEDIA SAYS THAT THEY SURVIVE IN US ZONES 9-11. THAT WOULD INCLUDE FLORIDA AND I KNOW THAT FLORIDA GETS THE OCCASIONAL FROST.
I WOULD PUT THEM IN POTS OUTSIDE AND HOPE FOR THE BEST. BRING THEM IN AT NIGHT IF IT IS GOING TO BE REALLY COLD.
Last edited: 20 January 2017 07:14:16
If you live in Derbyshire, as I do.
Yes, I was thinking that too Pansyface, as I now have 4 of the ferns perhaps one can be sneaked into
the bathroom whilst my OH is on holiday - will he notice?? The other three - as you suggest could be
kept in pots and removed during very cold weather to the slightly warmer GH. I'll give it a go and report back.
Sideshow Bob is HUGE and quite old.
He lives on a high shelf at the back of a south - facing room away from the windows and radiator.
He gets watered when I think of it or if some of the fronds get a bit yellow.
He never gets sprayed and gets a top dressing of new compost every couple of years or so.
He seems to be quite content.
Wow B3 Bob is huge and looks so healthy. I can see that I will just have to sneak one of these lovely ferns into the house, but where to house it I am not sure yet. We have a single roomed cottage facing south so get the sun shinning in for most of the day. I will have to give this some thought.... thanks for sharing your picture.
They don't like direct sun or draughts. put it away from the window.
Yes, I will. We have a tiny back lobby where we hang coats, store shoes etc, which luckily has a small shelf - I think that may be the very place for the fern. I will bring one in from the cold GH, but the other three will stay outdoors as Pansyface suggested, bringing them into the cold GH if the weather forecast is for very cold weather, I am cross with myself for buying them without thinking that they may be indoor ferns - cross with the garden centre too for not stating this on the label.