Rapid Propagation of Boston Ferns by Tissue Culture
Boston Fern and several of its cultivars are popular, ornamental, home and office plants. During the 1970s, about 2 million Boston Ferns were sold each year in the United States, Most of the production at that time was by one-for-one runner tip multiplication in the greenhouse. This method of propagation yielded low numbers of plantlets per unit time. Boston Ferns can be propagated rapidly in large numbers by shoot multiplication in sterile tissue culture. At the present time, the most common method of shoot multiplication of Boston Ferns in several nurseries is directly from shoot tissues. This method has been refined in Fishtail Fern [M.J. Beck and J.D. Caponetti (1983) Amer. J. Bot. 70:1–7].