successful overwintering of Boston Fern
I bought my mother a Boston Fern this summer, she has always wanted one. It has flourished on her front porch (facing NE)and is healthy and huge! She loves it and wants to bring it inside to prevent it from dying in our Northern Ohio winter. I have been looking online to find out the best approach to a successful move. We have formulated a plan, but I would like to appeal to anyone who lives in a similar climate who has had success with keeping a Boston Fern healthy throughout the winter.
Here is our plan:
Mom has a sun room right next to the front porch where the fern has resided all summer. windows on three sides, we figure this is the spot most like the conditions it has enjoyed in the past, lots of light. The sun room does not have it's own heat source but is open to the living room, therefore it is a bit chillier than the rest of the house. Mom keeps her temps down anyway, usually around 68F. She does like to sit in the sun room in the winter and read, she usually uses a space heater to keep warm in there on really cold days or evenings. She is buying a tall plant stand to keep the fern off the floor, the floor is ceramic tile, so misting shouldn't do damage to floor. I read humidity is an issue, so besides the misting (once a week) the fern can be placed on a humidity tray. I think this is just a shallow tray of some sort filled with pebbles or stones (decorative?) and filled with water? set plant on top not into water? We should bring plant in before heat is turned on in the house and before temps dip below 55f. That should be pretty soon around here, we've already had temps in the 60's. I am also wondering about what to expect the plant to look like over the winter. Will it lose a lot of leaves even if the conditions are all met? Should we expect bugs?
Have I missed any tips or tricks? Anything wrong with our plan?
Thanks so much for reading!