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Bird’s Nest Fern: Adding Elegance to Your Space

Bird’s Nest Ferns are named for their mesmerizing rosette formation, which resembles a bird's nest funnel shape. With slightly leathery, radiating fronds that can reach up to 5 feet long and the ability to grow on trees due to their shallow root system, this hardy fern is a favorite among plant enthusiasts. Like most ferns, Bird’s Nest Ferns thrive in warmth, humidity, and moisture, making them perfect houseplants for bathrooms and kitchens where they receive optimal conditions. They add structural interest to any space.

Long green speared leaved plant in a white indoor pot.

General Care for Bird’s Nest Fern

Sunlight

  • Prefers medium to bright, indirect light.

Water

  • Keep the soil consistently moist but not soggy.

Humidity

  • Thrives in warm, humid conditions, although typical household temperature and humidity levels are usually fine. Avoid drafts.

Soil

  • Use loose, airy, well-draining soil that is high in organic matter.

Long crimped rosette leaves with baby ones growing in the centre.

Common Problems and Solutions

Bird’s Nest Ferns can be susceptible to common houseplant pests such as mealybugs and scale. Natural insecticidal soaps are the best solution for pest issues, as chemical pesticides can damage the plant's delicate leaves.

Symptom: Brown Edges

  • Cause: Exposure to drafts or air conditioning.
  • Solution: Move the plant to a more stable environment.

Symptom: Yellowing Leaves

  • Cause: Overexposure to sunlight or too much fertilizer.
  • Solution: Adjust the light exposure and reduce fertilization.

Precautions

Bird’s Nest Ferns are non-toxic and perfectly safe to have around pets and young children.

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