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Asplenium nidus (Birds nest fern)

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Plant description

asplenium nidus birdsnest fern(1)

asplenium nidus birdsnest fern 1

asplenium nidus birdsnest fern

Asplenium nidus, the birds nest fern, is an epiphytic fern that sends out large fronds from a central point, making a lovely nest shaped plant. Once established, they can grow quite large, making a dramatic statement for a shaded or semi shaded position. They can grow in trees, on rocks, or can grow in a well drained but moist soil. They also make good container plants.

Birds nest ferns need a shaded position, as full sun will burn the fronds. They are frost tender. They can be fed with a half strength liquid fertiliser from time to time.

Asplenium nidus has been renamed Asplenium autralasicum.

Further reading: Top ten native plants and Best natives for pots and small gardens (articles written by native plant expert and horticulturalist Angus Stewart).

Additional plant information

Flowers

Flower colour: not specified
Flowering season: not specified

Plant size

Maximum height: 1.5 metres
Minimum height: not specified

Maximum width: 1.5 metres
Minimum width: not specified

Sunlight, frost & salt tolerance

Will tolerate partial sunlight.
Light frost tolerance.
Plant is not salt tolerant.

Fauna attracting?

Not specified.

Climate

This plant species will grow in the following climates: temperate, subtropical, tropical.

Soil types & conditions

Loam: moist.

Clay: moist.

Sand: moist.

Pests

Slugs, snails

Miscellaneous information

Native to: Australia.

Planting season: Any.

Types of fertiliser: Half strength liquid fertiliser.

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