Bird's Nest Fern
All You Need to Know About Bird’s Nest Fern
The bird’s nest fern proves to be an excellent household plant acting as décor for your home. Doing its best in high humidity environments, the fronds (fern leaves) tend to grow longer when more humidity is available. However, these plants do not look like your typical fern, so adding it to your home allows you to have quite a unique looking plant.
Unlike most ferns, the bird’s nest fern does not have split leaves but instead remains intact. The glossy, bright green leaves (fronds) make a beautiful addition to your house; however, these plants are relatively fragile and may be damaged if placed too closely to areas with high traffic. In addition, avoiding areas accessible to pets is also highly recommended.
In terms of the technical aspects of the fern, Asplenium nidus is the designated scientific name. However, it is also commonly called the bird’s nest fern. For lighting, the plant loves access to early morning light, but will also do well if the light is filtered. Direct sunlight will scorch the leaves. The fern prefers to have even moisture and does great in the typical house temperatures (between seventy and ninety degrees Fahrenheit). Any temperatures outside of this range are likely to reduce the growth rate of the plant.
The root system of the bird’s nest fern is relatively small making it suitable for small pots and containers. Clay pots work best since it allows more air to come in and out and preventing rotting. Baskets are also an ideal container for planting. For best results, keep your plant near a window that receives indirect sunlight. Unlike most plants that should be completely dry before watering it again, this plant needs to maintain consistent moisture. A completely dried plant is generally half the weight of a fully watered plant with top of the soil is a cocoa color; these signs obviously tell you that your fern has went entirely too long without water.
These ferns are relatively high maintenance with a lot of babying required for successful growth. Not only does the plant need to be isolated from frequent foot traffic, but also organic soil is highly recommended. The high humidity is a must for the plant’s fronds to reach their maximum length. Being jungle plants, the temperature, consistent moisture, and humidity are absolutely essential.
The ferns are not able to be divided and frequently are grown from spores; therefore, it is recommended that you buy the fern from a nursery as opposed to trying to get it growing on your own. Ask your local nursery about artificial lighting options to maintain better control over the lighting situation. Exposure to too much light will often be noticeable due to the lighter colored fronds. Fertilization is recommended in the early spring and once during the summer. It is suggested that the fertilizer be completely organic and even be diluted making it more manageable by the fern.
These ferns often have minor issues with pests. However, you can seriously reduce the likelihood of pests by keeping the fern dusted thoroughly and washing them with cotton balls that have been dipped in alcohol.
In the end, the bird’s nest fern is a gorgeous addition to any household, but has very specific care instructions that need to be followed for proper growth. If you are unable to maintain a high humidity environment with low light within the temperature span of seventy to ninety degrees, it is recommended that you consider a different household plant. However, for anyone who can ensure a great environment, this fern is truly unique. All in all, if you can keep up the maintenance, this fern is an excellent household option.