Japanese Birds Nest Fern, ō-tani-watari
Within the group of ferns known commonly as ‘Bird’s Nest Ferns’, Asplenium antiquum is an attractive and easy to look after indoor fern that will brighten any indoor space.
Renowned for its fresh green and glossy foliage, it can be distinguished from Asplenium nidus by its smaller size and more spear shaped lanceolate blades.
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Native to Japan, China, Korea and Taiwan, Asplenium antiquum in the wild is often found on cliffs and tree trunks in forests, as it’s an epiphytic fern. In the wild it roots itself to tree crevices, hence the source of its common name.
The shape of its spectacular leaf-rosette is crucial to its survival in the wild as, without being rooted in soil, it is used to collect both water and organic matter.
Despite its origins this fern can also thrive as a terrestrial plant, and thus makes for an elegant potted indoor plant in the British climate.
Care & Size Guidance
Aspleniun antiquum thrives in a humid spot in your home, away from bright direct sunlight.
Water into the soil when it the surface has slightly dried out, avoiding watering into the centre of the rosette as this can cause rot.
Any damaged or dead fronds may be carefully removed as needed. Rotate to ensure even growth and form, and improve humidity if the edges of the leaves are going brown.