Asplenium nidus aka Bird's Nest Fern


Asplenium nidus, also known as bird's-nest fern or nest fern, is an epiphytic species of fern native to tropical southeastern Asia, eastern Australia, Hawaii, Polynesia, Christmas Island, India, and eastern Africa. It is characterized by its long, green, slightly crinkled leaves that resemble a bird's nest, giving it its name. It is a popular houseplant and requires moderate light and soil that is good at retaining moisture. It should not need added fertilizers if repotted each time it doubles in size, and is known to brown easily. Additionally, it is non-toxic to cats and dogs, meaning it is safe to have around your pets.

Common names

Bird's Nest Fern, Crispy Wave Japanese Fren, Nest Fern

How to care for Bird's Nest Fern


If you're looking for a plant that offers a moderate level of challenge, Bird's Nest Fern is a great choice to test your gardening skills.


Bird's Nest Fern requires special care to keep it thriving. Its sensitivity to dry soil means that you need to be especially careful when it comes to selecting the right potting soil. Look for a soil that will retain moisture, but is also well-draining. A good potting soil should have plenty of organic material, such as coco coir or sphagnum moss, which will help to keep the soil moist and provide extra nutrition for your plant. When planting your Crispy Wave Japanese Fren, make sure to mix the soil with some compost or manure to give it an extra boost of nutrients. Additionally, you should water your plant often to ensure that the soil remains moist. With the right care and attention, your Bird's Nest Fern will bloom beautifully in your home.


There is no verified data on the toxicity of this plant in the records of Ploi. If any person, including yourself, a family member, or a pet, consume plant material with an uncertain toxicity level, it is advisable to seek the advice of a healthcare expert.


The Bird's Nest Fern is characterized by its slow growth and doesn't need fertilization in addition to its potting soil. By renewing the soil in its pot once a year, it should have enough nutrition. Remember, plants get their energy from sunlight, not from any fertilizers.

Region of origin

Bird's Nest Fern’s native range is Worldwide.

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