How to Grow Asplenium nidus Plants in your Garden

Gardener's HQ Guide to Growing Birds Nest Fern

Birds nest fern

Bird's Nest Fern (Asplenium nidus) photograph by Bernard Dupont.

Asplenium nidus Growing and Care Guide

  • Scientific Name: Asplenium nidus
  • Common Name: Birds nest fern
  • Growing Zone: USA: 9 to 11
  • Life Cycle / Plant Type: Fern, Indoor Plant

Plant Details

  • Plant Height (Inches): 24 to 48
  • Plant Spread (Inches): 12 to 36
  • Time of Bloom:
  • Flower Details:
  • Leaf Foliage: Green
  • Fruit:
  • Growth Form: Rounded

Ideal Growing Conditions

  • Best Light Conditions: shade to partial shade partial sun
  • Rate of Growth: Quick
  • Suitable Soil Types: Acidic, Clay, Loamy, Neutral, Sandy, Well drained
  • Soil Moisture: Moist

Caring Conditions

  • Care:
  • Level of Maintenance:
  • Propagation: Spores
  • How to Prune: Not usually required
  • Pests: Can getscale insectsand leaf and bud eelworms
  • Diseases: May be infected bya rust in mild and damp winters

Further Information

  • Can Attract:
  • Tolerant of:
  • Best Garden Use: Border, Container, Foundation, Ground cover, En masse , Woodland garden
  • Family:
  • Closely Related Species:
  • Miscellaneous: Attractive foliage, Non-native to North America, Does not bloom
  • Genus Detail: Asplenium
  • Further Reading and References: Here and Here

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