Plant Care Bird's Nest Fern
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Bird's Nest Fern

4.4 out of 5 (30 experiences)

Bird's Nest Fern has a Survivor plant personality Survivor
Bird's Nest Fern has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower

Also known as

Nest Fern, Victoria Bird's Nest Fern, Asplenium antiquum and crispy wave fern

Taxonomy

Asplenium nidus
Asplenium
Aspleniaceae
Polypodiales

What other plant parents say

Bird's Nest Fern has a Survivor plant personality Survivor 11
Bird's Nest Fern has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower 11
Bird's Nest Fern has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves 9
Bird's Nest Fern has a Browns easily plant personality Browns easily 5
Bird's Nest Fern has a Pet friendly plant personality Pet friendly 5
Bird's Nest Fern has a Pest magnet plant personality Pest magnet 3
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@Paula
New York, NY
Rating of the plant Bird's Nest Fern named Pierre by Paula on Greg, the plant care app
02/13/2021

This is my favorite plant so far! I love that you can tell how much water the plant has consumed / needs, because the leaves are so sensitive & start to feel limp/thin when they’re thirsty. I learn…

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@Greg
Arcadia, CA
Rating of the plant Bird's Nest Fern named Nasi Hujan by Greg on Greg, the plant care app
02/12/2021

When I started this plant journey, I saw many sources on the Internet saying it needs low light, so I put it on my bathroom sink. Don’t let “low light” fool you 😩 it wasn’t growing well and the edges…

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@Arduemp
Bryan, TX
Rating of the plant Bird's Nest Fern named Eleanor by Arduemp on Greg, the plant care app
04/04/2021

My bird’s nest fern may be my hardiest plant. It has stayed alive without being watered for extensive periods of time. It’s finally starting to put out new leaves since being moved closer to a window…

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Drdrey avatar on Greg, the plant care app Rating of the plant Bird's Nest Fern named Etta James by Drdrey on Greg, the plant care app
03/29/2021

I’ve only managed to keep one of these alive and I attribute it to the soil it’s in (I inherited it from a friend) I’ve had 2 others that I could not keep alive that basically got too dry and then to…

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@Zay
Albuquerque, NM
Rating of the plant Bird's Nest Fern named Fernie by Zay on Greg, the plant care app
02/25/2021

I love the bird’s nest because it can tolerate a little less humid climate than some other ferns. Mine has been an easy going plant, with little fuss or maintenance 💕🌱

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@Greenigirlx2
Evansville, IN
Rating of the plant Bird's Nest Fern named Wave by Greenigirlx2 on Greg, the plant care app
02/21/2021

This plant gets gnats and mites easy. Water from bottom. Mix dawn and water in spray bottle only spray the dirt.

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@Popsicle49
St. Pete Beach, FL
Rating of the plant Bird's Nest Fern named Fern by Popsicle49 on Greg, the plant care app
03/30/2021

Fern is very beautiful and hardy. I love looking at her. She is so relaxing.

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@Shannonelli…
Austin, TX
Rating of the plant Bird's Nest Fern named Fern by Shannonelliott on Greg, the plant care app
04/09/2021

love this plant, it’s beautiful! but if you have bugs, they love it

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@Magabag
Cambridge, MA
Rating of the plant Bird's Nest Fern named Big bird by Magabag on Greg, the plant care app
03/22/2021

Mine always brown & get infested - be warned!

May avatar on Greg, the plant care app Rating of the plant Bird's Nest Fern named Bird’s Nest by May on Greg, the plant care app
03/06/2021

Loves bright light and high humidity!

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

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

Select the pot size

5"
Light

Check the growing potential in your area

A plant's growing potential is determined from its location, the time of year, and current local weather.

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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 city 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.

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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