Bird's Nest Fern (Asplenium Nidus)
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Asplenium nidus, aka bird's nest fern, is a low maintenance companion. This bright green, shade loving fern with sword-like leaves gives a happy-go-lucky feel to your home.
Live plant is safely shipped in a standard 4" plastic nursery pot (measured by top diameter).
The 4" size is still a baby, so the plant foliage is roughly 4" tall and 6" wide.
The Bird's Nest Fern enjoys consistent moisture, but avoid sopping wet soil. Small amounts, more frequently, is best. Apply water to the soil, under the foliage, NOT in the center of the plant.
Asplenium nidus is a shade lover, making it an excellent addition to the interior of your home. Do not place in bright or direct sunlight.
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Bird’s nest ferns grow well in filtered sunlight to a moderate amount of shade. Don’t expose them to direct sunlight other than the very early morning sun. Harsh direct sunlight can burn the leaves. Indoors, an east- or north-facing window is ideal.
These plants like soil that’s loose and rich in organic matter with excellent drainage. A peat-based potting mix is good for container plants.
The ferns prefer a consistent amount of soil moisture, but they don’t do well sitting in soggy soil. Water whenever the top inch of soil is dry. Avoid watering directly into the center of the plant, as this can encourage mold growth and rot in the dense nest. Aim water at the soil to avoid wetting the fern's fronds.
Temperature and Humidity
The bird’s nest fern thrives in warmth with temperatures between 60 and 80 degrees Fahrenheit. It can tolerate temperatures down to 50 degrees, but anything colder then that can harm the plant, especially with prolonged exposure. Indoors, be sure to protect your plant from cool drafts, such as air blowing from an air-conditioning vent.
This fern prefers high humidity and moist environments, such as a bathroom, greenhouse, or terrarium. To raise the humidity around a bird’s nest fern, you can use a humidifier. Or you can set its pot on a tray filled with pebbles and water. But make sure the bottom of the pot isn’t sitting in the water because that can lead to root rot.
During the fern's active growing season (April through September), fertilize once a month with a balanced liquid fertilizer that's diluted to half strength. Make sure to apply the fertilizer to the soil and not the fronds, as direct contact with fertilizer can burn foliage. Withhold fertilizer for the rest of the year because too much food can cause the fronds to have an abnormal shape or take on a yellowish or brownish color.
Not winter hardy!
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