Nephrolepis, Boston Fern 'Tiger'

Nephrolepis exaltata

Family: Nephrolepidaceae
Genus: Nephrolepis (nef-roh-LEP-iss) (Info)
Species: exaltata (eks-all-TAY-tuh) (Info)
Cultivar: Tiger
Additional cultivar information:(PP15315; Fashionista Fern, aka Tiger Fern)
Hybridized by Hendarto
Registered or introduced: 2004



Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Sun Exposure:

Sun to Partial Shade

Light Shade

Partial to Full Shade


Grown for foliage


Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us


18-24 in. (45-60 cm)


4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)


USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)

USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)

USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)

USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Where to Grow:

Can be grown as an annual

Suitable for growing in containers



Bloom Color:


Bloom Characteristics:

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Bloom Size:

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Bloom Time:


Other details:

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Soil pH requirements:

4.6 to 5.0 (highly acidic)

5.1 to 5.5 (strongly acidic)

5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)

Patent Information:


Propagation Methods:

By dividing rhizomes, tubers, corms or bulbs (including offsets)

Seed Collecting:

Unknown - Tell us


This plant is said to grow outdoors in the following regions:

Castro Valley, California

Clayton, California

Fallbrook, California(5 reports)

Fountain Valley, California

Lompoc, California

San Jose, California

San Leandro, California

Stockton, California

Visalia, California

Melbourne, Florida

Sarasota, Florida

Tampa, Florida

Vero Beach, Florida

Loganville, Georgia

Post Falls, Idaho

Williamsburg, Ohio

Portland, Oregon

West Linn, Oregon

Memphis, Tennessee

Austin, Texas

Port Arthur, Texas

Richmond, Texas

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Oct 23, 2017, VeroKarl from Vero Beach, FL wrote:

This plant has been easy to grow and has spread nicely in Southern Florida. Plant in shade or part sun for it's vivid yellow color. Some fronds lose any sign of green while others are nicely variegated. Great contrast with large green philodendrons and other dark green leaved plants. I am surprised that it is not more widely grown.


On Oct 1, 2017, Nanthawat from Portland, OR (Zone 8b) wrote:

My only successful one was growing outside in morning sun. All attempts at growing any Boston fern indoor failed.
I realized that they need sun when I noticed them growing in almost-full sun in Los Angeles.


On Oct 16, 2012, marksgrdn from Stockton, CA (Zone 9a) wrote:

i just bought one of these TIGER BOSTON FERNS. the girl didnt seem to know much about it, but i was sure interested in it. this thing is a monster. found it at a small nursery out in the country. im hoping to keep it outdoors for the winter under the patio roof. it really dwarfs my rabbits foot fern like you wouldnt believe. i'll try to post a pic as well. if it starts to take a nose dive, i will bring in it for the remainder of the winter.


On Jul 19, 2011, mydirtynails from Los Angeles, CA wrote:

My Mother lives in LA, CA and in her shaded enclosed patio she has an invasive amount of boston ferns that are so thick that they partially block the cement walkway. I've tried cutting them back but that made them just grow thicker. I assume they propagate by rhizomes. Does anyone have suggestions on how to thin these pesky ferns without have to complete renovate the entire soil bed?


On Oct 19, 2010, hcsurprise from Memphis, TN wrote:

This has been the second summer for this fern. I've had it in a pot under trees so it has gotten bright light only. The summer here in Memphis has been extremely hot and dry but it has done fine and is pretty pot bound now. I took it inside this past winter where it survived okay in the house. I let it dry out between watering. It is a really pretty fern with it's variegation and has not been a problem to grow.


On Mar 16, 2006, Miriam1 from Chadds Ford, PA wrote:

Found 4 of these plants at the local Walmarts today for under $5.00 each (late March '06)....3 qt containers, foliage over 12" wide and high, quite healthy.I was dazzled by the attractive varigation and price.

Will try and report later in the season, form and habit.


On Dec 11, 2005, CastIronPlant22 from Lompoc, CA (Zone 10a) wrote:

This plant is very very awesome! Although its been hard to grow, sometimes, I find the little leaves just falling off daily. The color is amazing, and it seems to grow pretty fast. I am thinking about giving it to my friend who has a greenhouse, and I hope it will do better there. I rarely see this, but I have seen it at Home Depot, mixed in with the house plants.


On Oct 27, 2005, vossner from East Texas,
United States (Zone 8a) wrote:

Too bad it doesn't survive even the mildest of winters, unlike its thuggish cousin, regular boston fern. Markings are very striking.


On Apr 12, 2005, hanna1 from Castro Valley, CA (Zone 9a) wrote:

Striking yellow-green variegation in stripes and splashes highlights the fronds. Excellent in hanging baskets or containers. Medium light. Moderately moist soil. Home temps 65F-75F. Hardy to 40F