Boston Fern (Ficus carica)
The Boston fern (ficus carica) is one of the most popular indoor plants. They are hardy and adaptable indoors. Their flowers bloom from spring until fall, but they need some time to grow before their beauty becomes apparent. The leaves are edible and have many uses such as tea or juice, salad dressing, or even in place of lettuce in sandwiches!
Pruning Boston Fern – How And When To Prune Boston Fern
Boston ferns are quite easy to keep alive when kept well fed. A regular feeding of live foods will ensure your plant’s health and longevity. You can also give them a little extra water every now and then. If you want to make sure that your boston fern does not get too big, it is best if you do not prune it at all. Instead, you can just leave it alone and let it grow naturally.
Boston ferns like to stay close to the ground so they tend to spread out rather than crowd each other together. However, if you want your boston fern to be taller, you may have to remove some of its branches so that it gets enough room. Some boston ferns will never reach their full height because they don’t have enough space between them.
Caring For A Boston Fern Plant
The Boston fern plant is one of the most popular houseplants in the world and it’s easy to see why. With proper care, they can last for years, bringing elegance to any room that they are placed in. Here’s how to grow and care for a boston fern plant.
Boston ferns like medium light. They do not like direct sunlight, which will cause them to wilt. If you have your fern in a window that receives a lot of sun, move it to a place where it won’t get the brightest light. They also like humidity, so you will need to water your fern every 1-2 weeks. You can put it on a tray filled with rocks and water.
More than likely, the tray will have to be refilled every other day. If you do not have the time to water it this way, then you can also just water it with a watering can or hose every 1-2 weeks as well.
You will need to fertilize your fern once every 2 weeks. You can do this with either a liquid or a time release fertilizer. Follow the instructions that come with whichever kind you choose. These instructions will tell you how much to use.
With proper care and a little TLC, your boston fern will grow and flourish. If you need to move it some time in the future, you can just cut off any of the roots that have grown into the soil. With no roots, the fern will not be able to survive but will grow back if you place it in a good environment again.
Pruning A Boston Fern
The boston fern is a plant that is commonly used as a houseplant because it is beautiful and easy to grow. It is also known as the peacock or deer foot fern due to its three-pronged fronds. It is one of the more complicated ferns to take care of because it requires more maintenance than other types of ferns. It will grow quickly in the right conditions.
The best way to grow a boston fern is in sphagnum moss. First, find a container that has a hole in the bottom for drainage. Then take a handful of sphagnum moss and squeeze it to get it a little damp. Place the container in a sunny area and wait for the bottom of the container to dry out before watering again. You should also spray the sphagnum moss every few days.
You will also need to mist the tips of the fronds once a day. You may also want to wipe the dust off of them using a cloth.
Once you have the container set up, it is time to take care of the roots of your boston fern. You should trim off the roots with a sharp pair of scissors. You want to trim off about 1/3 of the roots, but no more than 1/2.
You will also have to trim the stems, or fronds, of the fern once in awhile. This can be done anytime between April and September. If left untrimmed, the fronds will start to curl up or droop down. Always cut off about 1/3 to 1/2 of the fronds. The exact time that you trim will depend on how fast your boston fern is growing.
You can also just wait until the ends of the fronds turn yellow and then trim them.
It is important to keep an eye on your plant to make sure that the soil isn’t starting to mold or dry out. If it starts to look dry, then you should water it. If it starts to look moldy, you should clean it with water and a cloth. Always make sure that the container has a hole in the bottom so that any excess water can drain out.
With proper care, your plant will grow large and beautiful. When it gets too big for its current container, you will need to repot it into a bigger one.
Make sure to keep an eye on the boston fern while you are taking care of it. If you see any damage, then you can cut off the affected parts and either try to root them or try to save them in water.
The boston fern is a good choice for a houseplant because it is very easy to grow and takes little maintenance. You should be able to enjoy it for many years if you take proper care of it.
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