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BIRDNEST FERN - Asplenium nidus

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Birdnest ferns get their name from the nest-like center of the plant.


It has long spearlike leaves that are somewhat wavy. These leaves are bright green with a brown rib vein down the center and will grow 1 to 2 feet long. Be careful of handling the fronds as they damage easily. Specific varieties include Japanese Birdnest and Victorian Birdnest. Both have narrower leaves that are thicker and tougher than a typical birdnest. The Victorian Birdnest is sometimes known as Lasagna Fern because of its stiff, ruffled leaves.

WATER: Soil should be kept moist at all times but avoid saturation as this will lead to rot. Reduce watering during the winter months.

LIGHT: Birdnest ferns like bright indirect light. Avoid direct sunlight.

TEMPERATURE: They like temperatures in the 60° - 75° degree range. They may suffer in temperatures over 75° degrees if the humidity is not high.

Ferns like high humidity and may be misted frequently. Provide good air circulation.

This plant is usually available in 4" or 6" pots.