Living Lace™ Leslie Japanese Bird's Nest Fern Asplenium antiquum
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Low - No direct sun, not near a window. Medium - Medium bright indirect light in the AM or PM, typically from an east or west window. High - Bright direct or indirect light for much of the day, typically from a south window.
This striking, broad, strap-leaved fern has a distinctive shape that some liken to a bird's nest, which is how it got its common name. Glossy, green, undulating leaves with ruffled, crested tips spread upward and outward to form a full, dense rosette with a nest-like center. In the wild, water and organic matter is collected in the center and absorbed by the plant. Though it can reach four feet across in the wild, it generally stay much smaller indoors. Other common names include 'Crested Japanese Bird's Nest Fern'.Adaptable As HouseplantFoliage InterestHarmful To:Pets
CharacteristicsPlant Type:HouseplantHeight Category:MediumHeight:8 - 24 InchesFoliage Colors:GreenFoliage Shade:Bright greenHabit:MoundedContainer Role:Filler
Plant NeedsLight Requirement:LowLight Requirement:MediumMaintenance Category:ModeratePreferred Temperature:60 - 85 °FWater Category:WetHumidity Preference:HighContainer Soil Type:Indoor Potting MixNeeds Good DrainageUses:DesktopsUses:Epiphyte (a plant that attaches itself to another plant for support)Uses:Humid SpacesUses:Low Light SpacesUses:North Facing WindowsUses Notes:
Not for human or animal consumption.Maintenance Notes:
- For optimal performance, keep at 60-85°F (15-29°C).
- Prefers higher humidity to prevent leaf edges from browning.
- Feed once per month at half strength when plant is actively growing.
- Protect furniture when watering.
- Water as soon as the surface of the potting mix feels mostly dry. Never allow potting mix to dry out completely as this can rapidly cause many brown leaf edges. An evenly moist potting mix should be your goal.
- Ferns tend to need rich, moist, well-drained soil and high humidity to thrive.
- Add some coarse sand or perlite to help improve drainage in your potting mixes.
- Cold drafts can cause their fronds to turn brown on the edges and tips.
- Bright filtered light is best. Directly in front of windows with no direct sun will work, as well as near eastern or western facing windows, but avoid mid-day sun which can be too strong.
- Asplenium antiquum and its cultivars will grow in soil and as an epiphyte (a plant that attaches itself to a tree for support).
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