Asplenium nidus

Japanese Bird's Nest Fern


Known commonly as a bird’s nest fern, the Asplenium nidus is renowned for its handsome bright green leaves neatly arranged in a spectacular spreading rosette.

This fern is epiphytic, meaning it grows on the trunk and in crevices of trees, but despite its origins it also thrives as a terrestrial plant, making for an elegant potted indoor plant in the British climate.


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Origin: Malaysia to N. Queensland
Genus: Asplenium
Species / Cultivar: Asplenium
Common Name: Japanese Bird's Nest Fern

Plant Biography

Native to parts of South East Asia, East Africa and Australasia, Asplenium nidus is an epiphytic fern – in the wild it roots itself to tree crevices, often of palm trees, hence the source of its common name: the bird’s nest fern.

The shape of its spectacular leaf-rosette is crucial to its survival in the wild as it’s used to collect both water and organic matter, essential as the plant often isn’t rooted into soil.

Our Asplenium nidus are grown as terrestrial plants, planted in soil, where they also thrive.

Asplenium nidus
Light: Medium
This plant likes a spot further away from bright windows, but still lit by natural light.
Soil: Indoor Potting Mix
Enjoys moist well drained soil with composted organics and some drainage material.
Temperature: >13°C
Temperature range at which this plant is healthiest and grows best.
Growth Rate: Slow
Expect to see quite small amounts of growth over the years.
Final Size: Medium
Final size will be suitable for a table, plant stand, or large strong shelf.
Water Requirement: Regular Watering
Water when soil surface is dry to the touch. Water must draining easily away.
Humidity: High
Provide moist air via daily misting or trays of wet grit. Keep away from drafts and heaters.
Maintenance: A little
Easy to care for, just keep an eye on any extra environmental needs such as humidity.

Expert Tip

This fern works particularly well in a bathroom or kitchen, as they tend to have higher humidity. It can survive in average humidity rooms but for it to really thrive, with larger and shinier fronds, it will need the extra humidity.
Care & Size Guidance

Care & Size Guidance

Ideally, Asplenium nidus is suited to a warm, humid spot in moderate indirect light.

Water the soil when the surface has slightly dried out, but avoid watering into the centre of the rosette as this can cause rot. Rotate to ensure even growth and form, and improve humidity if the edges of the leaves have turned brown. Any damaged or dead fronds may be carefully removed as needed

This is a slow growing plant but with correct care it can eventually reach a height and spread of up to 1m in maturity.


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