Plant Care Bird's Nest Fern

Bird's Nest Fern

4.3 out of 5 (170 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 3053 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 Miami, Florida.

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 Miami, Florida

Miami, Florida

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Growing Bird's Nest Fern in Miami right now

Light needs for plant Bird's Nest Fern in Miami, Florida

Plant growth potential is currently medium 👌

January 26th, 2022

Sunlight energy as measured by “net radiation” in Miami is currently medium 👌.

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

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Light needs for plant Bird's Nest Fern in Miami, Florida

Sunlight will increase by 17.5% ☀️

January 26th, 2022

Miami is trending towards greater sunlight intensity!

The amount of sunlight in Miami is expected to increase by 17.5% over the next 2 weeks to an average of 12.6 megajoules of energy per m2 per d…

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Light needs for plant Bird's Nest Fern in Miami, Florida

Daylight will increase by 0.5 hours 📈

January 27th, 2022

This month, Miami is getting an average of 7.5 hours of clear sky sunlight per day.

Hours of daylight will increase by 5.1% over the next two weeks. Your plants will get 11.0 total hours of daylig…

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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 Miami, Florida ⛅.

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 Miami, Florida

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

January 27th, 2022

The growing potential in Miami is 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 to repot p…

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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
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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 your location in Miami, Florida, 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 70
Bird's Nest Fern has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves 66
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 39
Bird's Nest Fern has a Pet friendly plant personality Pet friendly 32
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
Mariansoasis avatar
@Mariansoasis
leaf-1 25 Plants
xp 484 XP
globe Solana Beach, California
01/24/2022

Mermaid’s Tail fern! Can’t go wrong!

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Mellowlynoni avatar
@Mellowlynoni
leaf-1 4 Plants
xp 56 XP
globe Indianola, Iowa
01/18/2022

Great plant, super pretty and easy to keep alive

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@Hipoxlip
leaf-1 3 Plants
xp 52 XP
globe Berwick, Victoria
01/17/2022

So easy to care for and durable!

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@Facilerubyball
leaf-1 1 Plants
xp 21 XP
globe Harlow, England
01/03/2022

really pretty and easy to take care of.

Survivor Survivor
Tiffy avatar
@Tiffy
leaf-1 32 Plants
xp 1,086 XP
12/16/2021

Found it difficult to care for if you don’t have enough light or humidity for this plant.

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Pet friendly Pet friendly
Browns easily Browns easily
William avatar
@William
leaf-1 3 Plants
xp 65 XP
globe Fort Collins, Colorado
12/03/2021

Mine is struggling!

Nahanna avatar
@Nahanna
leaf-1 18 Plants
xp 645 XP
globe Wichita, Kansas
11/23/2021

Very hard!

Browns easily Browns easily
Tessalou avatar
@Tessalou
leaf-1 32 Plants
xp 603 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 29 Plants
xp 424 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 34 Plants
xp 682 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 29 Plants
xp 1,069 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 22 Plants
xp 736 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 582 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 9 Plants
xp 633 XP
globe Cincinnati, Ohio
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 99 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
xp 40 XP
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
Dishsoaphand avatar
@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 70 Plants
xp 6,034 XP
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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