Fan of beach waves? Well the bird’s nest fern is! The tropical beauty’s leaves look as though just out from the waving-iron. Native to southeast Asia, Australia and Hawaii, it makes a great houseplant. The crinkled leaves grow around a central rosette, which resembles a bird’s nest, hence the name. The glossy leaves make a spectacular display and once you figure them out, these plants will surprise you with fast new sproutings.
Common name: Bird’s nest fern, nest fern, asplenium
Scientific name: Asplenium nidus
Size: Upto 4 feet in diameter
Toxicity: Nontoxic to humans, cats, and dogs
Where to keep the plant: Place near an east facing window, such that the plant gets only morning sunlight.
Water: Twice a week. The bird’s nest fern loves water. Always keep the soil moist, never soggy.make sure you don’t water on the rosette because that can cause fungus.Water only the soil from the sides.
Light: Light shade. These plants do not like direct sun. They need bright,indirect light but can survive in slightly dark rooms.
Soil: Rich soil, with lots of organic matter should be the medium for the tropical plant. Peat can help retain moisture and replicate the rainforest like ambience.
Humidity: High. These are perfect for high humidity spaces like bathroom windows, greenhouses or inside terrariums. Place near a humidifier if possible.
Food: A weak fertilizer can be fed once a month during the growing season. No food required during winters. Add in fertilizers in the soil and not in the rosette.
Propagation: These are not plants which you can propagate yourselves.They usually reproduce through spores. Hence, instead of trying to clone your own plant, look for healthy ones in nurseries.