What low temps can a Boston fern in a basket take?

eahamel(9a)October 9, 2012

I have 2 large ones, got both on sale for $5 each and would like to keep them a few years. We can grow some outdoors year round here in the ground, but something tells me these two need to come indoors when we have a freeze. Anyone know about these? I posted to the fern forum but it seems to be pretty dead.

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rhizo_1 (North AL) zone 7

If in very good condition, Nephrolepis exaltata are very cold tolerant, even making it through light frosts. Your plants look, at least from the picture, a bit 'thin '....perhaps having needed to be divided earlier in the spring or not having been fertilized regularly.

Do you know what I mean? If these were my plants, I'd protect them from any chance of frost.

    Bookmark   October 9, 2012 at 6:08PM
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Polly381(5/6)

wow I think they look great,Mine are much thinner then that.

    Bookmark   October 9, 2012 at 7:06PM
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eahamel(9a)

The one in the plant stand was recently repotted from a 10" pot to 12" pot. The other is in a 10" pot and needs repotting. Its fronds are about 2' long. Both are thick and bushy and have had some fertilizer recently, and they get a lot of water. I could divide them next spring, though.

    Bookmark   October 10, 2012 at 12:27AM
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