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 which is why we call it a Bird’s Nest Fern. It’s important to never get water on the crown since the crown easily gets plant diseases. 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.