Asplenium antiquum grow and care – fern leaf plant of the genus Asplenium also known as Spleenworts antiquum or Bird’s-nest ferns, Asplenium antiquum perennial evergreen plant used as ornamental plant for the leaves, grow in subtropical, tropics climate or as houseplant and growing in hardiness zone 11+.
Humidity, moist soil, rich soil, organic matter and mulch grow better in more than 15°C can survive 10°C and even little bit colder, possible to take care with mulch
What is the best way to start growing? Plant / Vegetative Reproduction – start from daughter plants / Spores
Is it necessary to graft or use vegetative reproduction? Yes, to start from spores it’s hard
Difficulties or problems when growing: ?
Planting season: All year (better in the spring to summer for hardiness zone 10b)
Pests and diseases: Slugs, snails
Pruning season: All year
How to prune: Old leaves and dead leaves, more decorate to cut the leaves that start to dry and die, but better for the plant to cut the leaf after it dies
Size of the plant: 0.4-1 m, 16-40 inches
Growth speed in optimal condition: Medium growing
Water requirement: Average amount of water / Big amount of water, don’t let it dry
Light conditions in optimal condition for growing: Half Shade / Full Shade – grow better with light
Is it possible to grow indoor as houseplant? Yes
Growing is also possible in a planter /flowerpot / containers: Yes, when grow in contained need to choose 40-50% bigger container than the root ball also change the pot every few year or when the roots fill the container, when the pot arrive to the desirable size need every few years to switch the soil and cut some roots and leaves, soil should be: rich soil with organic matter possible to use potting soil or peat soil and perlite, watering regular don’t let it dry too much, put fertilizer 3-4 year and add humus and mulch.
Asplenium antiquum Crissie – the leaf different in the end it’s split for two parts
Asplenium antiquum Victoria – leaf margin wavy and leaf itself can be even little wavy