Bird's Nest Fern
I'm the Bird's Nest Fern. I'm typically found in tropical rainforests but I make a great houseplant. I get my name because the center of all my fronds resembles that of a bird's nest. My bright leaves will add a pop of color to your space and they best part about me is that I am non-toxic to your pets. I make for an excellent low light plant for those of you who have a darker space.
Difficulty Level: easy to care for
Light Needed: low to bright indirect light
Water: water when the top of the soil is dry
Plant Traits: low light tolerant, pet-friendly, air purifying, easy to care for
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.
Botanical Name: Asplenium nidus
Nicknames: Bird's Nest Fern, Nest Fern, Crow's Nest Fern
Plant Type: Perennial
Native To: Africa, Asia, Australia
Mature Size: Up to 2' long indoors
Leaf Color: Bright green
Leaf Shape: Wrinkled sword-shape
Growing Season: Spring and summer
Favorite Rooms: Bathroom, kitchen
Health Benefits: Can clean the air by removing harmful toxins
Grow Pot Size: 6" wide x 5" tall
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BIODEGRADABLE GROW POT
Our biodegradable grow pots are made of 50% sphagnum peat, wood fiber and lime to adjust the pH. The peat content provides a combination of superior root penetration, good drainage and aeration whilst the wood fibers strengthen the pot.
Designed for easy transplant. They are 100% compostable and approved for organic production. Simply place the entire biodegradable pot into your planter and the roots of your plant will soon grow through and decompose the pot.
ECO-FRIENDLY ROOT POUCH
Our recycled & semi-degradable eco-friendly fabric bags are made from a mix all natural fibers and recycled plastic water bottles saved from landfills. The breathable fabric allows for your plants to stay cool in the summer and provides good drainage to avoid overwatering. They provide a healthy environment for your plant to grow by pruning the roots and creating dense, healthy root structures.
These fabric bags are washable and recyclable. It will take 1-2 years for the bags to semi degrade. Use your fabric bag as a decorative planter and remove from the bag when it is time to repot. This planter is designed by Root Pouch.
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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.