|Birdnest Fern - Asplenium Nidus|
BIRDNEST FERN - Asplenium nidus
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.