Commissioner Adam H. Putnam

Florida Agriculture: 500 Years in the Making

Florida Ferns for Floral Arrangements

Sword Fern

Sword Fern

Botanical Name

Nephrolepis exaltata (Polypodiaceae Family)


Simply pinnate with rather stiff, fresh green fronds. Length is 12-16 inches wide.

Seasonal Availabilty

Spring through Fall

Vase Life

7-10 days

Purchasing Hints

Should be packaged flatly with leaves intact. Stems should be stiff.

Care and Handling

Remove bundle ties and slant cut one inch from stems base. If you need to remove some of lower leaves they can be stripped easily. Place stems in 2-3 inches of water. Do not add any floral preservative to water. Support long foliage with a tall container. Store in a cooler at 36 degrees F.

Design Tips

Great foliage for tropical designs and bouquets. Gives vertical accent to designs.

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