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

4.3 out of 5 (145 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 61
Bird's Nest Fern has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves 53
Bird's Nest Fern has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower 41
Bird's Nest Fern has a Browns easily plant personality Browns easily 36
Bird's Nest Fern has a Pet friendly plant personality Pet friendly 26
Bird's Nest Fern has a Pest magnet plant personality Pest magnet 10
Bird's Nest Fern has a Easy to propagate plant personality Easy to propagate 7
Bird's Nest Fern has a Blooms easily plant personality Blooms easily 1
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@Paula
New York
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, California
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, Texas
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, Virginia
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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@Kirbyfanacc
Basingstoke, England
Rating of the plant Bird's Nest Fern named Daphne by Kirbyfanacc on Greg, the plant care app
07/29/2021

I keep this little fellow in my bathroom and it seems to love it, gives me a little thrill to spray it with my shower head, feels like I am showering with a dear friend 😌 10/10 for the lovely little …

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Aggressivelyresting avatar on Greg, the plant care app Rating of the plant Bird's Nest Fern named Bird’s Nest Fern by Aggressivelyresting on Greg, the plant care app
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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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

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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 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.

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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