Asplenium nidus is an epiphytic ferm and part of the Aspleniaceae family. It is often called 'Birds nest fern' and is native to Tropical Asia and Tropical Africa. Fronds are strap shaped and shiny, bright green with dark brown midribs. The fronds grow in an inverted cone shape, there is a nest like centre (hence the name) that collects falling debris. Sporangia forms in clusters on the undersides of fronds.
Height: Approximately 50cm in height.
Secrets to success
Temperature: Ideally 15-25C, no lower than 12C
Light: Bright indirect light, avoid direct sun or dense shade.
Watering: Keep soil moist.
Air humidity: Higher humidity is best; this can be achieved by misting, sitting the plant on a tray of watered pebbles or using a humidifier.
Fertilising: A fairly slow growing plant that isn't a heavy feeder; feed with a every 4-6 weeks during the growing season.
Potting mix: Asplenium performs best in a porous, well-draining, peaty mixture.
This plant is non-toxic.