Asplenium Nidus Avis: Bird’s Nest Fern

The bird’s nest fern is more common in the garden (in mild climates) than as an indoor plant, but given its predilection for mild temperatures, there is no excuse to find a place for it at home. The slenderness and sobriety of its leaves are tremendously decorative.

A Few Brief Notes On Asplenium Nidus Avis

Species are native to the Australian jungles. Naturally, it is not widely distributed throughout the world. We can find it in the wild in parts of Oceania, some parts of Africa and on Pacific islands. In their natural habitat, they reach very considerable heights and diameters of up to 2 or 3 meters. They are usually found associated with trees that serve as support without parasitizing them. This ensures the plant has ideal shade conditions for its development.

The shape of its leaves allows it to collect water and take it to the central area of the plant, ensuring optimal water supply. The name Asplenium nidus avis is not by chance if we look at the central part of the plant (see photo).


One of the most important things to ensure good growth. Keep it shady. It’s a fern and that says it all. It is an indoor plant that we can place in north-facing areas of the house. In a study, office, or even in a bathroom (as long as it has a window). It tolerates a little direct light but discolors the leaves.


Another aspect to take into account in the location of the plant. It needs the normal temperatures of a house. The more stable the temperature, the more comfortable the plant will be. We will avoid cold air currents. Being a fern, humidity is important so we will avoid sources of heat in winter that dry out the environment too much. Occasionally mist the leaves with water. In summer we can take it outside in a shady area.


Abundant but with good drainage and without flooding. The frequencies will go from being weekly in winter to 2-3 days during the summer. In the middle months, adjust the frequency to 4 or 5 days. Ambient humidity is important. If the outer container or saucer is filled with wet pebbles, expanded clay balls or gravel, we will increase the humidity around the plant.


It must have adequate organic matter content. Add some peat or mulch to the mix with some drainage.


It is critical to keep a consistent watering schedule. In the summer, you want the soil to be moist but not soggy. Before watering, insert your finger into the top 5 cm of the potting mix and feel the soil moisture level. Allow it to dry for a longer period of time if it feels particularly wet. Overwatering can cause fungal problems or root rot. Water once or twice a week, but always test the soil first to see if watering is required. During the winter, when the plant is not actively growing, reduce watering frequency and use tepid/room temperature water.

Most Common Problems

  • If you try to polish the leaves you will get them dark and ugly.
  • If water accumulates in the saucer, it is relatively easy for mold to appear which will kill the plant.
  • Avoid water logging of the substrate.
  • If the edges of the leaves darken and dry out, it means that the environment is too hot, so move it to darker and cooler areas.

Reproduction Of Asplenium Nidus Avis

We have little to say. It reproduces by spores on the underside of the leaves and germination also occurs in very specific environmental conditions, so it is somewhat difficult. This is available at the plant store.

Sophie Brown

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