Bird’s Nest Fern

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The versatile fern comes in many shapes and forms, but one of the most intriguing is the Bird’s Nest Fern. Unlike ferns that feature wispy leaflets that flutter delicately in the breeze, the bird’s nest grows study, bright green fronds that are typically wavy at the edges.

The fronds emerge from a central rosette, which looks very much like a nest, hence the name.

In their native tropical rainforests, these plants were epiphytic, clinging to the surface of other plants and soaking up the humidity around them. Given the right indoor environment, however, this wonderfully unique houseplant will thrive.

Bird’s nest growing tips:
  • Light: Medium to bright indirect light is ideal. It can survive in lower light situations, but you probably won’t get the groovy ripples in the leaves. As with many plants, you should avoid direct sunlight, which can scorch the fronds.
  • Humidity: Your plant will tolerate average indoor humidity, but it would love higher humidity, so think about misting it regularly or keeping it in a steamy bathroom!
  • Watering: Keep the soil moist, but not soggy. Allow the top inch to dry slightly between waterings. Avoid getting water directly on the fronds or the “nest.”
  • Do Not Touch: As new fronds emerge from the nest, take care not to touch them; they are very fragile.