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Japanese Bird's Nest Fern

3.5 out of 5 (15 experiences)

Japanese Bird's Nest Fern has a Browns easily plant personality Browns easily
Japanese Bird's Nest Fern has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower

Also known as

Crispy Wave Fern

Taxonomy

Asplenium nidus 'Crispy Waves'
Asplenium
Aspleniaceae
Polypodiales

How to care for Japanese Bird's Nest Fern

Water

How often to water your Japanese Bird's Nest Fern

Water needs for Japanese Bird's Nest Fern
0.5 cups
every 7

Japanese 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 Japanese 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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Finding light for Crispy Wave Fern in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Japanese Bird's Nest Fern: 3ft from a window
3ft or less from
a window

Japanese 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.

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Nutrients

How to fertilize Japanese Bird's Nest Fern

Nutrient, fertilizer, and repotting needs for Japanese 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 Japanese Bird's Nest Fern after it doubles in size or once a year—whichever comes first.

Care Summary for Japanese Bird's Nest Fern

Japanese Bird's Nest Fern

Japanese 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.

What other plant parents say

Japanese Bird's Nest Fern has a Browns easily plant personality Browns easily 7
Japanese Bird's Nest Fern has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower 4
Japanese Bird's Nest Fern has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves 3
Japanese Bird's Nest Fern has a Pet friendly plant personality Pet friendly 2
Japanese Bird's Nest Fern has a Pest magnet plant personality Pest magnet 2
Japanese Bird's Nest Fern has a Survivor plant personality Survivor 1
Kylie avatar
@Kylie
leaf-1 5 Plants
xp 113 XP
globe Portage, Indiana
10/10/2021

constantly dying but not dead, i have tried everything and the only thing that seems to help is a grow light

Graceg1rouard avatar
@Graceg1rouard
leaf-1 4 Plants
xp 67 XP
07/12/2021

overall it looks really nice and is pretty easy to take care of but i feel like i’ve been doing everything right yet the leaves continue to brown a lot :/

Browns easily Browns easily
Fast grower Fast grower
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Kikisbabies avatar
@Kikisbabies
leaf-1 73 Plants
xp 3,022 XP
globe San Francisco, California
06/17/2021

Prefers high humidity

Fast grower Fast grower
Tiana avatar
@Tiana
leaf-1 25 Plants
xp 443 XP
globe Ayer, Massachusetts
06/10/2021

How the heck do you keep this thing alive

Browns easily Browns easily
Apb0168 avatar
@Apb0168
leaf-1 23 Plants
xp 927 XP
globe Hamilton, Ontario
06/05/2021

It’s temperamental. Good air purifier

Rangosinhaler avatar
@Rangosinhaler
leaf-1 3 Plants
xp 87 XP
04/30/2021

It’s super cute and amazing for small spaces :)

Pet friendly Pet friendly
Browns easily Browns easily
Kjoyce0912 avatar
@Kjoyce0912
leaf-1 28 Plants
xp 797 XP
globe Ithaca, New York
04/27/2021

I have had two of these ferns and have been unable to keep either one alive! I tried changing the humidity, the soil, the watering cycle and everything! I guess it wasn’t meant to be :(

Pest magnet Pest magnet
Browns easily Browns easily
Nerskine avatar
@Nerskine
leaf-1 33 Plants
xp 1,807 XP
04/08/2021

This thing grows SUPER SLOWLY. It requires high humidity and moist soil, so I’ve been fighting fungus gnats since I brought him home. He’s bright and friendly though, so on we go!

Pest magnet Pest magnet

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