Bird's Nest Fern Care Guide

Chris The Bird's Nest Fern 

Also known as the Asplenium nidus. The bird’s nest fern is native to Hawaii, Polynesia, India and Eastern Australia.


Chris likes a well lit room with medium light. Keep him away from any direct sunlight as this will dry out his foliage and possibly burn his delicate fonds. Placing him near a frosted window in the bathroom is an ideal spot for Chris. Lighting-wise Chris Pairs perfectly with Ollie and Ali. 


Chris prefers moist soil. If possible avoid letting his soil dry out or getting soggy. Water a couple of times a week in the summer and once a week in the winter. Always feel his soil before you water to make sure it's not too soggy. Grab our stylish silver and white watering can to help keep Chris hydrated.


Chris loves a humid environment. He is best placed in a bathroom where he can receive high levels of humidity. If placed in a bedroom or living room place a humidifier next to him or use a pebble tray filled with water to help increase humidity levels. Take a look at our bathroom plants to find Hamish a friend.


The ideal indoor temperature for Chris is between 15-24ºC degrees celsius. As long as the indoor temperature doesn't dip lower than 15°C Chris will be happy.


Use our vegan organic fertiliser or our fortifying houseplant fertiliser every 4 weeks in the growing season. Use the formula to half strength in the months from March-September. Do not fertilise in the winter months.


Chris is a slow grower and will need repotting once every 2-3 years. Check for roots sticking out of the bottom of the nursery pot, this is a sign that he will need repotting.


 Brown leaves - This could be for two reasons

  1. Direct sunlight could dry out his foliage causing him to brown.
  2. Brown tips are also a sign of lack of humidity. Chris prefers a very humid environment. Place him in the bathroom or near a humidifier to help increase his humidity. 

 Yellow leaves -  The yellow fonds can be a sign of overwatering. Hamish needs moist soil. If the soil remains too soggy soil for a long period of time this could lead to yellow leaves.



Top tip 1: To keep Chris’s soil moist for longer avoid putting him in a terracotta pot. This material will dry out the moisture in the soil. 

Top tip 2: Rotate Chris’s pot evenly every few weeks or so to promote even growth. 

Top tip 3: Group your ferns and humidity loving plants together. This will help give your plants a humidity boost. 

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