Boston fern

Nephrolepis exaltata 'Rita's Gold™'

Photo/Illustration: 
Jennifer Benner
Boston fern (Nephrolepis exaltata 'Rita's Gold™')
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Genus:  Nephrolepis

Slightly more compact than classic Boston ferns, this golden-leaved selection features striking chartreuse fronds that prefer shade but will tolerate intermittent sun. It shimmers from a distance and blends beautifully with impatiens, begonias, and caladiums in mixed containers. Introduced in 2006.

Noteworthy Characteristics: 

Golden fronds; compact form; great in containers.

Care: 

In the garden, grow in moderately fertile, moist but well-drained, humusy soil in partial shade. If grown as a house plant, grow in bright filtered light in a humid area with good ventilation. Water sparingly in winter.

Propagation: 

Sow spores at 70°F or separate rooted runners in late winter or early spring.

Problems: 

Aerial blight, leaf spots, root rots, spider mites, scale insects, and mealybugs may occur.

Overview

Height
1 ft. to 3 ft.
Spread
1 ft. to 3 ft.
Growth Habit
Clumps
Growth Pace
Moderate Grower
Light
Part Shade to Full Shade
Moisture
Medium Moisture
Maintenance
Moderate
Characteristics
Showy Foliage
Foliage Color
Evergreen
Uses
Container
Seasonal Interest
Summer Interest
Type
Fern

Nephrolepis exaltata 'Rita's Gold™'