Native to tropical regions such as southeast Asia, Australia, east Africa and Hawaii to name a few, Bird’s Nest Ferns (Asplenium Nidus) are typically found in palm trees. Given the right indoor environment, they will thrive and make for a wonderfully unique houseplant.
Bird’s Nest Fern
Ferns come in a wide variety of colors and textures. The Bird’s Nest Fern has large simple fronds that are tropical-like in that they resemble banana leaves. Their fronds are light green, often crinkled or wavy, and rise from a central rosette. The rosette is fuzzy where the emerging fronds resemble bird’s eggs - hence the common name.
Thrives in medium to bright indirect light, but can tolerate low indirect light.
Water every 1-2 weeks, allowing soil to dry out half way down between waterings. Expect to water more often in brighter light and less often in lower light. Do not water directly into the center of your fern, but instead, water around it.
Tolerates average indoor humidity. Prefers high humidity.
Average home temperature of 65°F-75°F. If you’re comfortable, the Bird’s Nest Fern is comfortable.
Indoors, the Bird’s Nest Fern can grow to approximately 2’.
SYMPTOM: Pale green leaves, dry potting mix
CAUSE: Thirsty plant, underwatered
SYMPTOM: Yellowing lower leaves, wet potting mix
CAUSE: Too much light or overwatering
SYMPTOM: Brown, crispy leaves
CAUSE: Humidity, underwatering