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Boston fern

Nephrolepis exaltata 'Rita's Gold'™

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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 CharacteristicsGolden fronds; compact form; great in containers.

CareIn 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.

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

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

  • Genus : Nephrolepis
  • Plant Height : 1 to 3 feet
  • Plant Width : 1 to 3 feet
  • Uses : Containers
  • Moisture : Medium Moisture
  • Growth Rate : Moderate
  • Maintenance : Moderate
  • Light : Partial Shade to Full Shade
  • Plant Type : Perennials
  • Characteristics : Showy Foliage
  • Plant Seasonal Interest : Summer Interest
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