Asplenium nidus grow and care – fern leaf plant of the genus Asplenium also known as Spleenworts nidus or Bird’s-nest ferns, Asplenium nidus perennial evergreen used as ornamental also, grow in tropic climate or as houseplant and growing in hardiness zone 12+, can grow with right care in hardiness zone 11.
Asplenium nidus leaves
Leaves color green with purple stem in the middle leaves, elliptic shape and wavy, leaves grow as rosette structure, the young leaves grow from the middle and rolled in the top.
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
How to care for a birds nest fern: Fertilize twice a year, use humus and organic matter, better to put mulch on the soil to keep the soil moist, and water with spray of water to keep high humidity
What is the best way to start growing? Plant / Spores / Vegetative reproduction propagation by daughter plants mostly need to take care when pull it from the ground you take all the roots, uncover the roots, dig around the plant and better to use air blower machine or wash it with stream, after reveal the roots need to disconnect them from the mother and wait, when the daughter plant can live by itself possible to take it out of the soil, also another option just to pull the plant from the soil less but less good
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: Aphids, 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.