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Asplenium nidus

Bird's nest fern

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Plant type

General houseplant



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Plant details

This fern grows naturally in tropical rainforests and thrives best in warm humid conditions. UK weather conditions mean that it can only really be grown as a houseplant, but it does manage surprisingly well indoors. To keep it successfully, the plant needs a warm, semi-shaded with reasonable humidity - a bathroom or conservatory is ideal. Water directly into the centre of the plant and allow some of the water to collect there as the plant will draw on it later. Feed with a weak solution of houseplant food during spring and summer. If the plant's leaves start to turn brown, this is usually a sign of the plant being to cold or the air around the plant being too dry. Remove any leaves that have turned brown and relocate the plant to a warmer, more humid spot.

Genus: Asplenium

Species: nidus

Plant type: General houseplant

Hardiness: Tender

Skill level: Beginner

Height: 50cm

Spread: 30cm

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