Emina Fern

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  • Easy Care
  • Light Preference/Tolerated (Bright Indirect Light, Medium Light)
  • Average Watering Needs
  • Mature Height 5 Feet
  • Pet Safe

During the houseplant advent of the Victorian Era, Boston Ferns established themselves as the quintessential houseplant. The Emina Fern (Nephrolepis exaltata 'Emina', Boston Fern ‘Emina’, Ladder Fern ‘Emina’, Sword Fern ‘Emina’, Crinkle Fern, Curly Boston Fern) is a variation on that classic, with arched, bright-green fronds and curly, toothed pinnae, resembling curly parsley or kale. What is more, this fern is easy to care for, making it an ideal addition to a plant collection for experienced and new plant parents alike. As a non-toxic plant, the Emina Fern is safe for families with children and pets. 

Best Locations For Growing Emina Fern

Originating from the forest floors of Central and South America, Boston Ferns thrive in bright, indirect light and moderate to high humidity. Place the Emina Fern in a kitchen with easy access to water or in a bathroom where it can benefit from additional humidity. Emina Ferns do well as floor plants, in hanging baskets, or on a tabletop. Because they are non-toxic, they can fit in any bright location without the worry of harming humans or pets. 

Emina Fern Sunlight Requirements

Place the Emina Fern in a spot where it can get bright, indirect light throughout the day. A north- or east-facing window will provide this light without the worry of burning the sensitive fronds with afternoon sunlight. If placed near a west- or south-facing window, be sure to protect the fern from direct sunlight. Ferns need consistently moist soil, and intense sunlight can dry them out faster in addition to burning the leaves. 

Emina Fern Care

Indoors, ferns have the reputation for being temperamental when their needs are not met. To increase the humidity around the Emina Fern, place the pot on a pebble tray or near a humidifier, or lightly mist the fronds regularly. Like many ferns, avoid wetting the crown of the plant when misting or watering, as this can lead to foliar infections. The Emina Fern can remain in the same pot for 2-3 years at a time. When it has outgrown its pot, choose a pot with drainage holes that is 1-2 inches wider in diameter. In terms of soil, ferns do best in well-draining soil that retains moisture, such as a peat-based mixture with plenty of organic matter. It is common for Boston Ferns to shed lower crowded-out leaves, especially during temperature changes or drought, and these fallen leaves and dried fronds should be removed promptly to promote new, healthy growth and reduce the risk of decay. 

Watering Emina Fern

Allow the surface of the Emina Fern to dry slightly before watering deeply, until water flows out the drainage holes. Ferns do best in consistently moist but not soggy soil. In the spring and summer, and when placed in a bright, warm spot, the Emina Fern may need water as often as a few times a week. Watering can be tapered back in the winter as lower light and temperatures slow the fern’s growth. 

Feeding Emina Fern

Add a liquid houseplant fertilizer into your watering routine once a month during the Emina Fern’s growing period, from spring to summer. Always add fertilizer to soil that is already damp and follow dilution recommendations to prevent damaging the plant’s roots and leaves. Fertilizing in the winter is not necessary as plants are not growing as actively.

Emina Fern Information

Light Exposure: Bright Indirect Light, Medium Light
Care Requirements: Easy
Watering Requirements: Average - Keep lightly moist. When the top 2 inches of the soil dries out.
Pet Friendly: Yes
Kid Friendly: Yes
Air Purifier: Low
Habit: Upright
Growth Rate: Slow
Mature Height: 5 feet
Mature Spread: 18 inches
Flowering: No
Flower Color(s): None
Flower Shade/Description: Grown for Foliage
Fragrant: No
Foliage Type:
Foliage Color(s): Green
Foliage Description: Green
Temperature: 60° - 75°F (16° - 24°C)
Humidity: 75% Or Above
Common Name: Emina Fern
Other Name(s): Sword Fern 'Emina', Curly Boston Fern, Dragon Tail Fern, ‘Emina’ Curly Boston Fern
Scientific Name: Nephrolepis exaltata 'Emina'
Plant Type: House Plant

Container Sizes

Please Note: The pictures below are to give a general representation of the different container sizes. The actual size/ages of plants are estimates and will vary based on; type of plant, time of year, last pruning & many other factors.

4.5 Pot

4.5" Pot
 Also Know As:
   4.5" Container

 Plant Age:
   ~ 6 months
 Plant Size:
   ~ 3"-6"
 Pot Size:
   ~ 4.5"H x 3.75"W
   1.42 quarts

Quart Pot

Quart Pot
 Also Know As:

 Plant Age:
   ~ 1 year old
 Plant Size:
   ~ 4"-8"
 Pot Size:
   ~ 4.75"H x 4.5"W
   1.50 quarts

2.5 Quart

2.5 Quart
 Also Know As:
   2.5 Quart Pot

 Plant Age:
   ~ 1.5 year old
 Plant Size:
   ~ 8"-12"
 Pot Size:
   ~ 6.5"H x 6.5"W
   2.20-2.30 quarts

#1 Pot

#1 Pot
 Also Know As:
   #1 Container
    1 Gallon
 Plant Age:
   ~ 2 year old
 Plant Size:
   ~ 10"-14"
 Pot Size:
   ~ 7"H x 7.75"W
   2.26-3.73 quarts

#2 Pot

#2 Pot
 Also Know As:
   #2 Container
    2 Gallon
 Plant Age:
   ~ 2-3 year old
 Plant Size:
   ~ 12"-18"
 Pot Size:
   ~ 9.5"H x 9.5"W
   1.19-1.76 gallons

#3 Pot

#3 Pot
 Also Know As:
   #3 Container
    3 Gallon
 Plant Age:
   ~ 3-4 year old
 Plant Size:
   ~ 12"-30"
 Pot Size:
   ~9.5"H x 11"W
   2.32-2.76 gallons

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