Plant Care bird's nest fern

bird's nest fern

About bird's nest fern

bird's nest fern is a super rare houseplant 🌿 that needs lots of water to thrive. They do best in abundant sunlight ☀ and should be less than 3 feet from a window.

bird's nest fern likes soil that is good at retaining moisture. Your plant shouldn't need added fertilizers if you repot each time it doubles in size.

Taxonomy

Asplenium australasicum
Asplenium
Aspleniaceae
Polypodiales

Also known as

bird's nest fern and crow's nest fern

How to care for bird's nest fern

Water

How often to water your bird's nest fern

Water needs for bird's nest fern
0.5 cups
every 7

bird's nest fern needs 0.5 cups of water every 7 when it doesn’t get direct sunlight and is potted in a 5" pot.

Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.

Calculate water needs of bird's nest fern

Water 0.5 cups every
7

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5"
Light

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Finding light for bird's nest fern in your home

Light needs and placement for plant bird's nest fern: 3ft from a window
3ft or less from
a window

bird's nest fern may have difficulty thriving, and will drop leaves 🍃, without ample sunlight.

Place it less than 3 feet from a south-facing window to maximize the potential for growth.

Select your region to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement of bird's nest fern in your home 🏡.

Nutrients

How to fertilize bird's nest fern

Nutrient, fertilizer, and repotting needs for bird's nest fern: repot after 2X growth

Most potting soils come with ample nutrients which plants use to produce new growth.

By the time your plant has depleted the nutrients in its soil it’s likely grown enough to need a larger pot anyway.

To replenish this plant's nutrients, repot your bird's nest fern after it doubles in size or once a year—whichever comes first.

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Care Summary for bird's nest fern

bird's nest fern

bird's nest fern


Greg recommends:

Water

0.5 cups every 7 days

Placement

< 3ft from a window

Nutrients

Repot after 2x growth

Based on the 4” pot your plant is in, and that it doesn’t get direct sunlight.

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