Bird’s Nest Fern

Asplenium nidus

The Bird’s Nest Fern is native to the rain forests of Asia, Africa, and Australia, which explains why high humidity is essential for it to thrive. A Bird’s Nest Fern has long, erect, leathery, apple-green fronds that never split like those of a Kimberly Queen Fern or a Maidenhair Fern. The wide rippled leaves of a Bird’s Nest Fern emerge from a central rosette or crown that looks like a fuzzy brown funnel. When the new fronds of a Bird’s Nest Fern first emerge, they resemble little bird eggs, hence the nickname, Bird’s Nest Fern. It’s important never to get water on the crown of a Bird’s Nest Fern since the crown rotCrown, Stem, and Root Rot are fungal diseases caused by humid warm conditions, wet leaves, soggy soil, and poor air circulation. Infected plant develops mushy stems, brown or black spots indicating dead plant tissue, and unhealthy black roots. The plant finally wilts and dies even though the soil is damp. To treat Crown, Stem, or Root Rot, cut off the diseased areas, and spray with a commercial fungicide. If you are adverse to chemicals, try this homemade remedy. Put a tablespoon or two of baking soda in a spray bottle of water and add a teaspoon or two of mineral oil. Shake well and spray every part of the plant.s easily. The tongue shaped fronds of a Bird’s Nest Fern are fragile so place it where the leaves will not be bumped. This unique attractive Bird’s Nest Fern requires quite a bit of care and is not a good one for beginners.