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Ferns have been popular house plants for centuries even though some of them can be difficult to maintain in normal household conditions. There are many varieties from which to choose but one of the best ferns, in my opinion, is the Bird's Nest Fern. Most ferns will do well in bright indirect light and require a regular schedule of watering and care. Fern plants will need more attention than many other indoor plants.

Birds Nest Fern Plant Fronds

Birds Nest Fern Plant
Asplenium nidus

One of the easiest ferns to care for as a houseplant is the Birds Nest Fern or Asplenium Nidus. It is more likely to let you get away with a few mistakes than many other ferns. An added attraction is the leaflets that often fall from other ferns, creating quite a mess, are not present on Birds Nest Fern.

Light green fronds surround a fibrous nest, explaining the name Birds Nest Fern. The fronds are long and blade shaped with a dark midrib. Birds Nest Ferns can grow quite large and I seen specimens that were over 3 feet tall.

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You may need to spend more time on your ferns than you would on many other plants. Ferns tends to lose foliage on a regular basis, especially if the lighting is not quite right, the humidity is too low or the watering is not correct. And it's never easy to get everything perfect!

Most fern plants will lose their lower, oldest fronds first and they should be replaced with new growth. Cut out any fronds as they begin to yellow or turn brown as this will help encourage more new growth. Keep well groomed as fern plants look unsightly unless they are kept cleaned up. New plants often shed old foliage while acclimating to a new environment. If you have problems with new growth, check watering habits first. Over watering will often affect new growth.

Temperatures for Birds Nest Fern should be somewhere between 55°F and 75°F. Ferns in general will not do well in excessively low or high temperatures. Provide as much humidity as you are able. Use a humidity tray, group with other plants or give it a home in your most humid room!

Watering Birds Nest Fern

Keep potting mix moist at all times. Soil should not be soggy. Allow topsoil to dry 1/4 to 1/2 of soil depth. Do not allow to dry out completely. This is one plant you will have to pay some attention to for good results. Please read sections on watering and lighting for your houseplants.

Please provide bright, indirect light for your Birds Nest Fern. A spot near a window with no afternoon sun would be perfect. Early morning sun is acceptable.

Keep Birds Nest Fern's foliage clean and check any new plants for pest problems. Mealybug and scale can sometimes be a problem but a good wash down with soapy water should be sufficient for control. On some ferns this can be difficult and it may be easier to remove the foliage with the pest problems first and then spray the rest with soap mixture. Just make sure you treat as soon as you notice a problem as they can damage your plant.

You can send a house plant question but before you do, please read this information on watering your indoor plants, how to help keep your house plant's root system healthy and lighting for your house plants. These are most important for your house plant's health and this is some of the information I will refer you to when you send an email.

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