Bird's Nest Fern - Aspleniaceae Asplenium Nidus.

What You Need to Know About the Bird’s Nest Fern – Aspleniaceae Asplenium Nidus

This true fern from tropical Asia takes its common name of bird’s-nest fern from the arrangement of its leathery, apple-green leaves, which form an open rosette. Unlike many ferns, the leaves are uncut, and may reach 4½ ft. (1.3 m) long, although usually they are about 18 in. (45 cm) long x 2—3 in. (5—7cm) wide.

New leaves uncurl from the fibrous, brown central core and are delicate for the first few weeks so should not be han­dled. Brown blotches on the reverse of older fronds are likely to be spore cases rather than insects, particularly if arranged in a regular pattern.

Size: Height 2 ft. (60 cm), spread 3 ft. (90 cm).

Light: Medium light at all times, never direct sun.

Temperature: Keep warm; not below 60°F (15°C).

Moisture: Keep thoroughly moist.

Feeding: Apply standard liquid fertilizer once a month from spring until fall.

Propagation: By spores (difficult to achieve) as offsets are not formed.

Special needs: Mature fronds benefit from having dust gently wiped away.