Greenhouse Production of Boston Ferns
The Bostonfern is actually a cultivar of a wild fern found in Florida called the Sword Fern (Nephrolepisexaltata).The sword fern has 3- to 4-foot erect fronds (fern leaf), and was popular as a house plant in the U.S. and Europe in the middle to late nineteenth cen tury. 'Bostoniensis' was discovered by chance in a large shipment of Sword Ferns from a Philadelphia grower to a Boston distributor in 1894. Since then, variants have given rise to one of the largest and most popular groups of fern cultivars.
Source: • Southeastern Floriculture