Asplenium nidus

Bird's nest fern

Asplenium nidus

Bird's nest fern

  • Indirect light or partial shade
  • Prefers high humidity
  • Moderate watering required
  • Can be cultivated epiphytically and terraristically
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Description

Asplenium nidus, better known as the nest fern, is an epiphytic plant that originated in the tropical and subtropical rainforests of Asia, Australia and Africa. This species-rich fern family is characterized by its long-lasting, glossy green leaves, which grow in a characteristic rosette shape and give the plant the appearance of an open nest. Nest ferns prefer shady locations with high humidity, which makes them ideal inhabitants for terrariums. In their natural environment they occur as epiphytes, which means that they grow on other plants without taking nutrients from them. This way of life reflects their adaptability and low soil requirements, making them an easy choice to care for. Asplenium nidus thrives best in constant humidity and in environments that avoid direct sunlight, making them particularly suitable for creating terrariums that bring a bit of rainforest atmosphere into the home.

In terrariums, the nest fern is ideal as a solitary plant or in combination with other shade-loving plants to create a multi-layered underworld. Although Asplenium nidus rarely flowers or forms showy blooms, its true specialty is the lush, green fan of its leaves, which creates a calm and refreshing green oasis. The leaves not only provide a visual draw, but also help to improve air quality by absorbing pollutants and releasing oxygen. This makes the nest fern not only an aesthetically pleasing but also an environmentally beneficial element in any terrarium. Keeping Asplenium nidus in a terrarium therefore provides a wonderful opportunity to integrate a piece of tropical nature indoors, while creating a healthy and attractive environment for plant and viewer alike.

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Asplenium nidus
Cultivation options Epiphytic, terrarium-suitable, suited for moist substrate
Growth height 30 - 150 cm, varies depending on conditions
Temperature 18 - 30 °C, not below 15 °C
Humidity 65 - 95 %, prefers high humidity
Lighting needs Indirect light or partial shade
Watering Moderate, allow substrate to slightly dry on the surface
Fertilisation Every 4 to 6 weeks with half-strength liquid fertiliser during the growth phase
Propagation Spores, rhizome division
Suitable for Tropical and subtropical terrariums, shaded areas, moist terrariums
Cultivation options
Epiphytic, terrarium-suitable, suited for moist substrate
Growth height
30 - 150 cm, varies depending on conditions
Temperature
18 - 30 °C, not below 15 °C
Humidity
65 - 95 %, prefers high humidity
Lighting needs
Indirect light or partial shade
Watering
Moderate, allow the surface of the substrate to slightly dry
Fertilisation
Every 4 to 6 weeks with half-strength liquid fertiliser during the growth phase
Propagation
Spores, rhizome division
Suitable for
Tropical and subtropical terrariums, shaded areas, moist terrariums

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