How To Care For Your Bird’s Nest Fern: Complete Growing Guide

Bird's Nest Fern

Bird’s Nest Ferns, also called Asplenium Nidus, which are native to tropical areas like east Africa, Southeast Asia, Australia, and Hawaii, are typically found in palm trees. They will flourish in the right indoor environment and make for a wonderfully distinctive houseplant. The Bird’s Nest Fern needs little care, preferring indirect light and moist soil (water every 1-2 weeks).

Ferns come in a wide range of hues and textures. The Bird’s Nest Fern has broad, uncomplicated fronds that resemble banana leaves and are tropical in nature. Their light green, frequently crinkled or waved fronds emerge from a central rosette. The rosette’s fuzzy areas, where the emerging fronds resemble bird eggs, are the source of the common name.

How To Care For Bird’s Nest Fern

Bird's Nest Fern

About Light

The best indirect light for bird’s nest fern growth is between medium and low. Because of their crinkly leaves, these ferns are frequently cultivated, and the amount of light they receive will affect how crinkly those leaves are. For instance, a bird’s nest fern that receives more light has more crinkled leaves, whereas one that receives less light has flatter leaves. Remember that the fronds of the bird’s nest fern will turn yellow and die if exposed to excessive or direct light.

About Watering

The Bird’s Nest Fern prefers evenly moist soil as opposed to soggy soil. Fill the saucer with any remaining water after thoroughly watering the soil and letting the water drain through. Winter months call for less frequent watering, but you shouldn’t let the soil get too dry.

Advice: Before watering your plant, stick your finger about 3 cm into the soil to check the moisture level. The soil may appear dry on the surface, but it may be wet underneath.

About Humidity

This is important because a Bird Nest Fern needs some humidity to really thrive indoors, they’ll still cope and deal with an average room but for that extra shine and extra large size, you’ll need to be misting regularly.

Alternatively, if you don’t have the time for all that misting, the Birds Nest Fern is an ideal plant to keep in a home terrarium or glass bottle garden, these enclosed spaces create naturally moist and protective environments that many types of plants, including most ferns, will do well in.

Bird's Nest Fern

About Fertilizer

Fertilize once a month with a balanced liquid fertilizer that has been diluted to half-strength during the fern’s active growing season (April through September). As direct fertilizer contact can burn the foliage, be sure to apply the fertilizer to the soil rather than the fronds. For the rest of the year, don’t fertilize because too much food can give fronds an abnormal shape or a yellowish or brownish hue.

About Soil

The ideal soil for these plants is one that is loose, organically rich, and well-drained. For containers, peat-based potting soil works well.

About Propagating

For novice gardeners, growing bird’s nest ferns can be challenging. Although buying nursery plants is a common alternative, you can save some money by growing your own plants. Spores, which resemble fuzzy brown spots on the undersides of fronds, are used for reproduction. The best time to reproduce them is when they are particularly chubby and fuzzy.

Cut off a frond with these spots, and then place it in a paper bag for a few days to collect the spores. The spores will fall into the bag. In order for the sphagnum moss to absorb the water, add the spores on top of a container of moss that is placed in a water dish. Although not drenched, the moss should be evenly moist. Placing the container in a warm, shaded area and covering it with plastic wrap will help to maintain the environment’s moisture levels. If the moss feels dry, mist it if necessary. Keep the dish filled with water. In a few weeks, the seeds should germinate.

About Potting And Repotting

Bird’s nest ferns need to be potted in an area with good drainage. Bird’s nest ferns are accustomed to developing with little potting soil because they are epiphytic plants. Due to its roots needing more room, your plant won’t typically need to be replanted. Instead, these ferns need to be replanted when they get so big that they become unstable in their pot and require a bigger container to attach to. Spring is the ideal time to repot because this will typically happen every two to three years. Pick a pot that is big enough to keep your plant stable when it’s time to repot. For securing the plant, a clay container is frequently preferable to one made of plastic. Your plant should be carefully removed from its previous container, placed in the new container at the same depth, and covered with brand-new potting soil.

Pests Problem

Bird’s nest ferns are not seriously afflicted by disease or pest issues, but some common houseplant pests, like scale, may have an impact on them. Since chemical pesticides will harm this plant’s delicate leaves, natural insecticidal soaps are the best option for eradicating pest problems.

Frequently Asked Questions

Bird's Nest Fern

How Quickly Do Bird’s Nest Ferns Grow?

Bird’s nest ferns typically grow more slowly and stay smaller when kept indoors because of their slow rate of growth.

Asplenium Nidus Is It Poisonous?

Neither humans nor animals are poisoned by the bird’s nest fern. Therefore, there is no need to be concerned about hiding it somewhere difficult to access.

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Can A Bird’s Nest Fern Be Grown Indoors?

Many people cultivate the bird’s nest fern as a houseplant outside of its natural growing regions. This plant requires consistent warmth and humidity to thrive indoors.

How Simple Are Bird’s Nest Ferns To Maintain?

When grown in an environment that closely resembles their natural habitat, bird’s nest ferns are typically healthy plants that require little maintenance.