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

4.3 out of 5 (113 experiences)

Bird's Nest Fern has a Survivor plant personality Survivor
Bird's Nest Fern has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves

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 45
Bird's Nest Fern has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves 42
Bird's Nest Fern has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower 34
Bird's Nest Fern has a Browns easily plant personality Browns easily 27
Bird's Nest Fern has a Pet friendly plant personality Pet friendly 18
Bird's Nest Fern has a Pest magnet plant personality Pest magnet 9
Bird's Nest Fern has a Easy to propagate plant personality Easy to propagate 4
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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
Los Angeles, 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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Wytheville, VA
Rating of the plant Bird's Nest Fern named Macro by Addisoncampbell on Greg, the plant care app
05/16/2021

This plant is super easy. Mine is wicked(which means it has a small rope that goes into water and it’s self watering). It gets bigger everyday and has shallow roots so repotting does not have to be t…

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Esthergrace avatar on Greg, the plant care app Rating of the plant Bird's Nest Fern named Stinky by Esthergrace on Greg, the plant care app
07/13/2021

ive noticed that it’s really sensitive to light, and the leaves brown quite quickly, so i would recommend keeping it in the shade. It’s really easy to tell when to water because the leaves won’t feel…

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Wunderkitt avatar on Greg, the plant care app Rating of the plant Bird's Nest Fern named Birdie by Wunderkitt on Greg, the plant care app
06/16/2021

With the right light (not direct, not shady, somewhere in the middle) and good soil (regular + orchid soil mixed) and religious watering and misting this fern is amazing! Such lush, green fronds and …

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05/18/2021

Its a beautiful, lush plant BUT. Its infested with fungus gnats. The initial watering recommendation was much too frequent...now I am bottom watering but it takes forever for the soil to dry on top 😩…

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Rachel avatar on Greg, the plant care app Rating of the plant Bird's Nest Fern named Fernie by Rachel on Greg, the plant care app
05/05/2021

The plant is physically beautiful! I got 2 months ago and it is growing pretty fast! I would experiment with light to see what it likes better. Mine really likes indirect sunlight, but likes to be cl…

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@Pocahontas
München, Bayern
Rating of the plant Bird's Nest Fern named Ansgar by Pocahontas on Greg, the plant care app
04/23/2021

This was one of my first plants and our relationship started with overwatering. But it accepted the rescue repotting and a recent vanity repotting gracefully and is thriving on my plant shelf by the …

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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 located in Houston, TX.

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.

Plant care guide for Bird's Nest Fern in Houston, TX

Houston, TX

88% High

Growing Bird's Nest Fern in Houston right now

Light needs for plant Bird's Nest Fern in Houston, TX

Plant growth potential is currently very high 📈

July 28th, 2021

Sunlight intensity as measured by “net radiation” in Houston is currently very high 📈. The plant growth potential in your area is currently at its peak! 🌿

The availability of high quality sunlight…

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Light needs for plant Bird's Nest Fern in Houston, TX

Sunlight intensity will decrease by 4% ☀️

July 28th, 2021

Houston is trending towards lower sunlight intensity!

The amount of sunlight in Houston is expected to decrease by 4% over the next 2 weeks to an average of 18.5 megajoules of energy per m2 per da…

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Light needs for plant Bird's Nest Fern in Houston, TX

Daylight will decrease by 0.4 hours 📉

July 28th, 2021

This month, Houston is getting an average of 10.2 hours of clear sky sunlight per day.

Hours of daylight will decrease by 3% over the next two weeks. Your plants will get 13.2 total hours of dayli…

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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 during this time of higher sunlight intensity in Houston, TX ☀️.️

This is a great time to watch your Bird's Nest Fern thrive 🌿!

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 your location in Houston, TX, the 4” pot your plant is in, and that it doesn’t get direct sunlight.

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