Plant Care Bird's Nest Fern

Bird's Nest Fern

4.3 out of 5 (162 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

About Bird's Nest Fern

Bird's Nest Fern is a super popular houseplant 🌿 that is isn’t challenging to grow and needs lots of water to thrive. They do best in abundant sunlight ☀ and should be less than 3 feet from a window.

Plant parents describe this plant as being a survivor and having large, lush leaves with a whopping 2715 being grown with Greg around the world. Check out the reviews below for more details!🌟

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.

Bird's Nest Fern belongs to the asplenium genus, and is native to Polynesia, Hawai'i, Southeast Asia, Australia, and Madagascar.

Taxonomy

Asplenium nidus
Asplenium
Aspleniaceae
Polypodiales

Also known as

Nest Fern, Victoria Bird's Nest Fern, Asplenium antiquum and crispy wave 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 located in Baltimore, Maryland.

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 Baltimore, Maryland

Baltimore, Maryland

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Growing Bird's Nest Fern in Baltimore right now

Light needs for plant Bird's Nest Fern in Baltimore, Maryland

Plant growth potential is currently very low 📉

November 29th, 2021

Sunlight intensity as measured by “net radiation” in Baltimore is currently very low 📉.

The availability of high quality sunlight in your home impacts ability for plants to thrive and is key in de…

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Light needs for plant Bird's Nest Fern in Baltimore, Maryland

Sunlight intensity will decrease by 29.3% ☀️

November 28th, 2021

Baltimore is trending towards lower sunlight intensity!

The amount of sunlight in Baltimore is expected to decrease by 29.3% over the next 2 weeks to an average of 7.3 megajoules of energy per m2

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Light needs for plant Bird's Nest Fern in Baltimore, Maryland

Daylight will decrease by 1.1 hours 📉

November 28th, 2021

This month, Baltimore is getting an average of 8.8 hours of clear sky sunlight per day.

Hours of daylight will decrease by 11% over the next two weeks. Your plants will get 9.3 total hours of dayl…

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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 keep it happy during this time of reduced sunlight intensity in Baltimore, Maryland ⛅.

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.

When to repot Bird's Nest Fern

Nutrient needs for plant Bird's Nest Fern in Baltimore, Maryland

Is this a good time of year to repot? No ⏳

November 29th, 2021

The growing potential in Baltimore is very low 📉.

Repotting in late fall or winter when the day lengths are shorter can be very stressful for a plant and cause it to go into shock.

It's best t…

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FAQs
Difficulty Level

Bird's Nest Fern is generally easy to care for, though some plant parents report facing challenges with growing it. Check out the reviews down below to read more about their experiences!


Water Needs
Sunlight Needs
Toxicity
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Fertilizer
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Growing Outdoors

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

What other plant parents say

Bird's Nest Fern has a Survivor plant personality Survivor 69
Bird's Nest Fern has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves 62
Bird's Nest Fern has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower 51
Bird's Nest Fern has a Browns easily plant personality Browns easily 38
Bird's Nest Fern has a Pet friendly plant personality Pet friendly 30
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 8
Bird's Nest Fern has a Blooms easily plant personality Blooms easily 1
Nahanna avatar
@Nahanna
leaf-1 14 Plants
xp 471 XP
globe Wichita, Kansas
11/23/2021

Very hard!

Browns easily Browns easily
Tessalou avatar
@Tessalou
leaf-1 28 Plants
xp 497 XP
globe Withcott, Queensland
11/14/2021

Beautiful fern

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Fast grower Fast grower
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Carolina avatar
@Carolina
leaf-1 28 Plants
xp 414 XP
globe Colorado Springs, Colorado
11/08/2021

Another Trader Joe’s find - Moved her to a south facing window and she is thriving!

Fast grower Fast grower
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Survivor Survivor
Lexigreenley avatar
@Lexigreenley
leaf-1 21 Plants
xp 462 XP
11/06/2021

When I first got this it came with what I believe were spider mites. I did my usual: shower, spray with a mixture of dr bronners soap and water, then clean daily with a qtip and isopropyl alcohol. It was a real trooper. It’s pest free now and so fun to see the leaves unfurl more every day. Eye-catching and pretty low maintenance. I love it!

Fast grower Fast grower
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Pet friendly Pet friendly
Survivor Survivor
Jenlcolon0825 avatar
@Jenlcolon0825
leaf-1 18 Plants
xp 555 XP
globe Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
11/04/2021

Beautiful addition and my first fern!

Fast grower Fast grower
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Pet friendly Pet friendly
Survivor Survivor
Linda avatar
@Linda
leaf-1 21 Plants
xp 596 XP
10/26/2021

I have in plastic pot in front of a southern facing window with verticals. Slow grower, but seems very easy to care for, only requiring water every so often. I use a moisture meter, which greatly helps and prevents over watering. Finally after having her for a couple of months, 2 new baby leaves are starting to pop out in the center

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Raiderade avatar
@Raiderade
leaf-1 5 Plants
xp 135 XP
10/06/2021

So easy to care for! Lots of humidity and grow light is all she needs :)

Fast grower Fast grower
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Survivor Survivor
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@Earthling.olive
leaf-1 28 Plants
xp 572 XP
10/05/2021

This plant has survived ANYTHING I’ve done to it!! Honestly such a great first house plant, I’ve had it for years and had basically no issues with it. They like humidity and and for their soil to be moist, but honestly they’re also pretty drought tolerant. I’ve let mine dry out completely for longer that I should have and it was completely fine! I definitely recommend this plant.

Fast grower Fast grower
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Pet friendly Pet friendly
Survivor Survivor
Karah86 avatar
@Karah86
leaf-1 13 Plants
xp 535 XP
globe Savannah, Georgia
09/22/2021

Sadly, I received my fern in poor shape and have had a hard time trying to revive it. I’m not sure if they’re usually this difficult, but my leaves keep wilting even with being very careful to not overwater since the root system is not deep. Would not get another any time soon.

Kyla avatar
@Kyla
leaf-1 2 Plants
xp 56 XP
globe Cornwall, Ontario
08/31/2021

very pretty

Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Pet friendly Pet friendly
Survivor Survivor
Barbara avatar
@Barbara
leaf-1 3 Plants
xp 87 XP
globe Wilmslow, England
08/27/2021

Easy to look after
Looks healthy

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Nicole avatar
@Nicole
leaf-1 2 Plants
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globe Hudson, Florida
08/18/2021

Nothing. It’s beautiful green foliage that is pet friendly

Pet friendly Pet friendly
Survivor Survivor
Blooms easily Blooms easily
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Fast grower Fast grower
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
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@Dishsoaphand
leaf-1 5 Plants
xp 184 XP
globe New Orleans, Louisiana
08/16/2021

<3

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Browns easily Browns easily
Oscar avatar
@Oscar
leaf-1 71 Plants
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globe Basel, Basel-Stadt
08/08/2021

I honestly do not get this plant. Hasn’t shown any sign of growth in the last 7months. A bunch of leaves got crispy which I subsequently removed and since then no change

Browns easily Browns easily
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@Brainabsence
leaf-1 3 Plants
xp 79 XP
globe Horsham, England
07/29/2021

quite a lovely little lad, not too fussy, virtually impossible to kill

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Pet friendly Pet friendly
Survivor Survivor
Browns easily Browns easily
Darrah avatar
@Darrah
leaf-1 5 Plants
xp 84 XP
globe Metairie, Louisiana
07/29/2021

Pretty curly plant but browns and droops quickly

Browns easily Browns easily
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@Kirbyfanacc
leaf-1 18 Plants
xp 519 XP
globe Basingstoke, England
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 spirals, think it has started sprouting new little curls

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@Arxhie
leaf-1 16 Plants
xp 309 XP
globe Warriewood, New South Wales
07/29/2021

shes nice :-)

Fast grower Fast grower
Survivor Survivor
Browns easily Browns easily
Mobeen avatar
@Mobeen
leaf-1 4 Plants
xp 66 XP
07/26/2021

Easy care plant!!

Fast grower Fast grower
Hexced avatar
@Hexced
leaf-1 2 Plants
xp 132 XP
globe Kingman, Arizona
07/25/2021

Sadly my dog has eaten my birds nest fern, but it didn't die :) thankfully it is pet friendly, so that saved his life 😂 such a gorgeous plant

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Pet friendly Pet friendly
Survivor Survivor
Browns easily Browns easily

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