Leaves of a Bird's Nest Fern.

Bird's Nest Fern

    Commonly Known As:
  • Asplenium nidus,
  • bird's-nest fern

Asplenium nidus, also known as a Bird’s Nest fern, is a beautiful fern originating from the tropics of Asia and Africa. Though Bird’s Nest ferns anchor themselves in soil, they are epiphytic, which means that they derive moisture and nutrients from the air. Bird’s Nest ferns grow in a full rosette shape with new growth stemming from the center of the plant.

  • light

    The Bird's Nest fern thrives in medium indirect light, but also tolerates low light. An East-facing window, filtered by thin curtains or blinds will do well, but it can also be kept in lower light areas. This bushy plant's leaves can burn in direct sunlight, so be mindful of placement in the home.

  • water

    We suggest watering the Bird's Nest fern once a week, allowing soil to drain and dry slightly. The Bird's Nest fern should not be allowed to completely dry out. This houseplant prefers humidity and wants moist but not saturated soil.

  • temperature

    Similar to humans, the Bird's Nest fern prefers temperatures of 65⁰F to 85⁰F. Do not expose to temperatures below 50⁰F.

  • fertilizer

    A very light feeder, apply a balanced houseplant fertilizer to your Bird's Nest fern at half strength once every 1 - 3 months.

    Plant Facts
  • Bird’s Nest ferns don’t flower or produce fruit. They reproduce through spores on the underside of their fronds.

  • Bird’s Nest ferns love humidity and moisture, making them a perfect candidate for terrariums.

  • Native to the tropics of Asia and Africa.

  • Difficulty level: Easy to Moderate

  • Pet-Friendly, not toxic to pets or humans.

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