Ah yes, the Boston Fern, the plant that gives so many of us grief 💦
My Boston Fern has lived two lives. 🏢🌿🏠 The right half is from its former days in our old dry condo where it slowly started withering away. The left is from now, our current home with more sun and more humidity. It's new growth is compact and abundant.
It's unlikely my Nephrolepis exaltata will look like when I bought it from the plant shop but I've learned from @houseplantjournal to curb the expectation between the look of a perfectly raised nursery plant and the adjusted plant in your home. A nursery after all doesn't have a cat that plays with its plants, consistently breaking fronds 😂
The key to a happier Boston Fern is humidity. If your home can't maintain a 40-60% humidity level I would recommend forgoing the BF because maintaining this is a huge pain as you'll experience constant shedding (you can see it in the photo!). We keep the air conditioning/heating off when we can and keep windows open to raise humidity. In the winter, a humidifier is a must for these.
As for light, the second photo shows the distance from a south-facing window where it lives. Half hour direct in the morning and indirect bright all day. 🌞✨ #FieldnotesbyStudioplants