Birds Nest Fern

Happy at home in the rainforest


Care rating Surprisingly low maintenance
Pot size 12cm
Height Approximately 15cm inc. pot

*Please note that measurements are approximate and each plant will vary

How not to kill
Back to the roots

Our houseplant friends never forget their roots, and they’ll always be the most content when their surroundings mimic their natural environment. Native to tropical climates, this fern is named for his choice of home. He’ll choose a roost in a tree and start to grow in any nook and cranny where he can find purchase. Capable of growing a 2ft leaf span, while he’ll start off small you’ll find yourself making some extra space for him in the future. Who could say no to his wavy fronds, though? Certainly not us!

A little helping hand - With every houseplant we send out you get a handy little guide to help your new plant live its best life, including where they'll want to live and how often they like to drink.

Dappled light is best for this houseplant, so if you’re a net curtain kind of person you’re in luck! Don’t despair if not though. Bright indirect light is just fine, and shade isn’t unwelcome so as long as there aren’t any direct rays hitting his leaves you’re a-okay. You’ll notice pale leaves with scorch marks if your new green pal is getting sunburn, so just snip off the damaged leaves and move him away from the window.

Damp soil and moisture in the air will make for the best birds nest. Don’t soak him, because his roots won’t thank you for it, but try and keep his surface soil consistently moist and make it muggy by standing his pot on a plate full of wet pebbles. Yellow leaves mean you’ve gone a bit overboard, so just calm down a little with the water and stop trying to make your own household bog. Always water around the edge of this guy as well – he’s not a fan of getting his belly button wet.

He won't thank you if you make him in to bird’s nest soup, but he also won’t kill you. This wavy wonder is not toxic to humans or animals.

The asplenium’s leaves grow out from his middle, which (along with his common choice of home) gave birth to his nickname. As they’re unfurling the little babies resemble little white eggs on a bed of brown wool, wrapped up cosily in his big green hands. The ‘nest’ traps fallen leaves and debris from the tree canopy above, which over time decompose, making a banquet fit for a fern. Clever, eh?

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