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Living Lace Victoria Bird's Nest Fern Asplenium antiquum

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    This is a stand-out, whorling fern and so easy to care for. It has broad strap leaves that form from a center rosette traditional of all bird's nest ferns, but this fern has a wildly distinctive shape. As with other bird’s nest ferns, it is natively found clinging to trees and cliff’s edges much like an orchid or other epiphyte plants. In the wild of the Asian tropics, dew, water, and organic matter are collected in the center and absorbed by the plant. As a houseplant, you do not want water directly into the center of your fern, but instead, water around it. It is native to the tropics of Asia in Indonesia, Burma, Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, and the southern parts of India. 

    Adaptable As Houseplant
    Foliage Interest
    Harmful To: 


    Plant Type: 
    Height Category: 
    12 - 24 Inches
    Foliage Colors: 
    Foliage Shade: 
    Bright green
    Container Role: 

    Plant Needs

    Light Requirement: 
    Light Requirement: 

    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.

    Maintenance Category: 
    Preferred Temperature: 
    60 - 85 °F
    Water Category: 
    Humidity Preference: 
    Container Soil Type: 
    Indoor Potting Mix
    Needs Good Drainage
    Epiphyte (a plant that attaches itself to another plant for support)
    Humid Spaces
    Low Light Spaces
    North Facing Windows
    Uses 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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