However, perennial ferns such as Boston fern maintain their fronds in winter and continue to grow throughout the year, without entering a state of dormancy. They require that their care, watering and feeding remain the same throughout the year. Your Boston fern will be dormant on its own when you prepare it for winter. When temperatures drop to 50 degrees in the environment, the fern will stop growing and enter winter dormancy.
Ferns will die when it gets cold in winter, but they will start to grow again in spring. The species of ostrich fern can sprout again in autumn, after the previous fronds have dried up. Boston fern is a perennial plant. It can live for many years when properly cared for, and it will spread and multiply.
This saves you money and gives you more plants to enjoy and share. In its natural environment, the Boston fern grows as a perennial plant. It is native to the semi-tropical climate, so it likes warm temperatures, both in mild summers and in mild winters. If you are growing in the appropriate hardiness zone (10-1), the time to reduce them is usually from October to November.
Prune in the fall before the winter cold arrives because Boston ferns do not tolerate the cold. If you grow in a container, you can hold the plant securely in place and then turn it upside down to shake it. Depending on where you want to grow your plant and where you live, you will grow the Boston plant as an annual or perennial plant. If you want to keep the same fern size for next year, a good rule of thumb is to divide the fern by one-third of its size for your current container.
Ferns can withstand a little cold, and even a light frost for that matter, but not a frost or hard freeze. The winter care of Boston fern in the dormant state does not include the supply of light; a dark place is fine for the plant in the sleep stage. Many people simply buy new Boston ferns in spring, keep them through the summer, and then slaughter them in the fall. Boston ferns that spend the winter in a warm, dry environment at home usually cause a lot of disorder and frustration for the gardener.
After all, if your Boston fern is huge, you should cut it down to take it home for the winter. Overwintering plants resume growth in early spring and should become lush and full again in the second year. This is for people who planted their ferns directly in the ground or in pots that are too large to move. When it comes to growing Boston fern outdoors, it can be an annual or perennial plant depending on the climate.
The Boston fern, Nephrolepsis exaltata “Bostoniensis” is a popular plant that is grown both as an indoor and outdoor plant. Ferns are one of the best options for decorating patios, porches and the shadiest portions of outdoor landscapes. In some moderately cold areas, where there are no strong frosts, Boston ferns planted in the landscape can survive the winter if they are cut to the ground and mulched before the first frost.