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Fern - Bird's Nest Plant Care

Posted by Hulya Mehmet on

Ferns are native to almost every corner of the globe, but particularly abundant in areas of high moisture, like a tropical rainforest floor. They are seldom found in cold, dry climates. Ferns reproduce through spores, meaning they produce neither seeds nor flowers.

 

Light

Your Bird’s Nest Fern will do best in medium to low light. The more light it receives, the more the leaves will crinkle and the less light, the flatter the leaves will be. Keep in mind, too much light or extended periods of direct sunlight will cause the fronds on the fern to get a pale bleached color.

Water

Water when the top 25% of the soil is dry. When watering, water only the soil – not the leaves. Water accumulating in the crown of your plant could lead to bacterial growth and potential leaf rot. Water until liquid flows through the drainage hole at the bottom of the pot and discard any water that has accumulated in the saucer.

Humidity

This plant likes a humid environment, like a bathroom or kitchen. Mist often.

Temperature

This fern will enjoy a warm area, preferably between 17-25 degrees, so maintain indoor temperatures above 15 degrees. Avoid cold drafts and sudden temperature changes.

Food

Feed once a month during the spring and summer with a liquid fertilizer for indoor plants.

Toxicity

Bird’s Nest Ferns are non-poisonous plants and safe for humans, dogs and cats.

Additional Care

Regularly remove any dead fronds from the plant to encourage healthy new growth. Cut stems at the soil line with clean, sharp shears.

 

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