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4 Benefits of Having a Boston Fern in Your Home

Boston ferns are among the most popular houseplants for several reasons. Their lush foliage can spruce up parts of your home while also purifying the air. These versatile plants can be placed in hanging baskets, potted pedestals, or humble containers without diminishing their charm. 

When planted outdoors, you can use them to enhance a shaded spot in your garden. In addition to beautiful aesthetics, Boston ferns have other benefits that make them a must-have in your space. Check them out! 

Benefits of Having a Boston Fern in Your Home

1. Reduces Indoor Humidity

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Increased humidity can have debilitating effects on your health and your home. High moisture levels inside your home can cause condensation on the walls, floors, furniture, and other surfaces. These high humidity levels can even facilitate the growth of mold, dust mites, and other harmful bacteria. 

Consequently, the contaminants and allergens can lead to health issues like asthma and trigger allergies. Moreover, high humidity can make your house feel stuffy and uncomfortable. Fortunately, many houseplants can help regulate the humidity inside your home, and one of them is the Boston fern.

The luxurious plant thrives in a humid environment. It helps absorb excess moisture in the air while dehumidifying your home and making it more comfortable. Consider keeping your plant in the bathroom to prevent mildew and add color to a dreary space.

2. Purifies the Air

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According to the World Health Organization, more than three million people around the globe die prematurely due to indoor air pollution annually. 

The pollutants responsible for deteriorating indoor air quality include Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs), and a group of substances including benzene, formaldehyde, xylene, toluene, etc.

These compounds have devastating effects on human health and can cause headache, nausea, dizziness, and eye, nose, throat, and lung irritation. It can further result in skin irritation and dryness, while chronic exposure can cause impaired memory and depression.

Boston fern can remove many components of VOCs by absorbing the air pollutants and breaking them down in the root’s biosystem. The compounds that do not fare well against this fern include formaldehyde, xylene, and toluene. 

3. Non-Toxic to Pets and Babies

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Plants are a fantastic addition to any home for their numerous benefits, but some plants can be toxic to your furry friends and children. If you want the aesthetics from the foliage without the fear of ingestion, get a Boston fern, which is non-toxic for pets and humans alike. This is even a safe plant to keep in your baby’s nursery.

4. Easy to Grow

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Boston ferns are one of the easiest ferns to grow indoors. They have a higher tolerance to light than other ferns and are tolerant to occasional periods of dryness in case you forget to water the plant. Moreover, they grow quickly and beautifully, where the fronds reach lengths of 4 to 6 feet. The fronds arch down gracefully as the plant grows, elevating its look.  

Care Tips for Boston Ferns

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Boston ferns require general care but need lots of moisture to flourish. The plant prefers humidity levels between 40 and 50 percent, so keep a humidifier nearby, place the pot on a pebble tray, or keep it in your bathroom. You can also put the fern pot in a larger container lined with moist sphagnum moss to increase the humidity around the plant. 

Water your fern to keep the soil moist yet not soggy. Hydrate the soil once a week or whenever it feels dry to the touch. Remember the watering frequency will also fluctuate with the season, where the plant requires more water during the summer as the heat dries out the soil faster. In short, use soil dryness as a cue to water your plant.  

Keep your plant in an area that receives filtered sunlight. Bright, indirect sunlight is ideal for the fern as direct light can fade the color of the lush green fronds. Boston ferns prefer temperatures between 60 to 86 degrees Fahrenheit. 

Finally, use a well-drained potting mix with peat moss, pearlite, and pine bark to aid aeration and drainage. Fertilize the fern every four to six weeks during the growing period and reduce the frequency in winter. 

Fern to the Rescue

Boston ferns are not just pretty plants. They offer numerous benefits to their owners by regulating indoor humidity levels, purifying the air you breathe, and being non-toxic to both humans and pets. So next time you look for a new plant to add to your home, consider the luscious Boston fern.

What do you think about the exceptional abilities of the Boston fern? Share below in the comments!  

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