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Bird's Nest Fern

Asplenium nidus
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POS ID: 164022
The Bird’s Nest fern has erect, leathery, apple-green fronds that thrives in humidity. New leaf fronds emerge from a central rosette and resemble small bird eggs, hence the unique name. An attractive fern variety, the Bird’s Nest fern requires quite a bit of care and is an ideal plant for experienced gardeners.
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6" container
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Quick Facts

  • Lush green foliage
  • Pet friendly non-toxic plant
  • Moderate maintenance

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The Bird’s Nest fern has erect, leathery, apple-green fronds that thrives in humidity. New leaf fronds emerge from a central rosette and resemble small bird eggs, hence the unique name. An attractive fern variety, the Bird’s Nest fern requires quite a bit of care and is an ideal plant for experienced gardeners.

Weight: 3 lbs

Container Size: 6" container

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About This Plant

Type

Houseplants

Plant Safety

This plant is pet friendly and non-toxic. More information here.

Leaf Color

Green

Flowering

Non-flowering

Mature Height

Up to 30 inches

Mature Width

Up to 48 inches

Data Source

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Plant Care Tips

Planting Instructions
For plants that have filled their current containers, select a container one inch wider than the container your plant is currently growing in. Plants that haven't filled out the soil in their current pots don't need a larger container, but can be repotted into a container of the same size or slipped into a cache pot to hide the plastic nursery container. Select a potting soil suitable for indoor plants, one that is light and drains freely. If the soil is dry, add enough water and mix it in to make the soil just damp. Add enough soil to the new container so that the top of the root ball will sit a bit below the rim of the container, 1/4-inch for smaller plants up to an inch for very large plants. This will help prevent spills when you water. Remove your plant from its old container and gently tease the roots from the surface of the root ball. Place the plant in the new container, adding or removing soil to bring the top of the root ball to the desired level. Add soil around the root ball, firming it in lightly. Water in to settle the soil, adding more if needed. Water your newly repotted plant lightly for the next several weeks while the roots are growing into the new soil. Indoor plants can be especially prone to rot from overwatering at this point.
General Care Description
A Bird’s Nest fern does well in medium indirect light. The distinctive bright green leaves become pale when exposed to too much light. Direct sun causes unsightly burn marks on the leaves. However, the leaves of a Bird's Nest fern may lose their lovely wavy shape if the plant is getting too much fertilizer. Plant food should always be diluted to 1/2 the recommended strength for most houseplants but especially for ferns.

Effort of Care

High

Soil Type

Bird's Nest ferns grow well in a soil high in organic material that holds water but is still loose and not heavy and clay-like.

Humidity

High

Temperature

A Bird's Nest fern likes temperatures between 70°-90°F during the day and about 10° cooler at night. These ferns grow slowly when the temperature is not within this range and leaves are damaged by hot or cold drafts. The base of the fronds turn yellow when the temperature is too warm.

Growth Rate

Slow

Light Needs

A Bird’s Nest fern does well in medium indirect light. The distinctive bright green leaves become pale when exposed to too much light. Direct sun causes unsightly burn marks on the leaves.

Water Needs

Keep the soil moist but never soggy at all times.

Disease and Pests

Misting encourages bacterial and fungal infections such as Erwinia Blight. The leaves should always be kept dry. A Bird's Nest fern is susceptible to Mealy Bugs, scale, and Aphids. Use a Qtip dipped in alcohol to treat plant pests near or on the crown; never spray any liquid directly on the crown.

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