How To Make Your Plants Happy: Bird's Nest Fern Care Guide

Drawing of bird's nest fern


Bright, indirect light is ideal to keep the plant lush. It can also thrive in low to medium light.


Water about every 1-2 weeks. Adjust based on how much light the plant is getting, the less light the plant receives means the less water it needs. Keep the plant evenly moist but not soggy. Water long the sides and avoid watering the direct center.


Ideal temperature is about 65-75ºF but avoid anything lower than 50ºF. Ferns love humidity so place near other plants or in a more naturally humid room in your house, like a bathroom. 


The plant can grow fronds up to 2'-3' long indoors. To encourage new growth, feed the plant once a month during the growing season with a 1/2 strength houseplant fertilizer.


Repot your plant every 12-18 months in a pot that is 1" larger in size in spring or summer. If you want your plant to remain the same size, repot using the same size pot and giving the plant fresh, nutritious potting soil.


This fern propagates through spores that develop on the underside of the leaf so the plant is not easily propagated.


The bird's nest fern is non-toxic to humans, cats, and dogs.

Bird's nest fern on a stool

About the Bird's Nest Fern

Botanical Name: Asplenium nidus   

Nicknames: Bird's Nest Fern, Nest Fern, Crow's Nest Fern

The Bird's Nest Fern has long, wrinkly leaves that are bright green in color. This plant is easy to care for and a great way to add tropical lushness to your home. It can survive almost anywhere in your home including kitchens, bathrooms, bookshelves, and coffee tables. While the plant is small you can fit it almost anywhere in your home but as it gets bigger you'll need a space to fit is 2' long fronds. This is a great choice for plant parents who also have pets as it is non-toxic.    

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