Bird’s Nest 'Leslie' Fern nidus


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You will receive 1 happy healthy Bird's Nest Fern 'Leslie'  

Leslie variety has ruffled leaf edges

Outdoors, these ferns have been known to attach themselves to grow directly on a tree, especially if they can find a spot between branches to nestle in. They get humidity from the tree and outside environment and shaded light from the branches and leaves of the tree.

When growing them as a houseplant, the key to a healthy bird's nest fern is providing enough warmth and moisture. Given these two conditions, the ferns can withstand higher light levels.  

If you are caring for your bird's nest fern correctly, it can grow quite quickly and steadily The new leaves will constantly emerge from the central area of the plant, or the "nest." Do not touch, move, or handle the new delicate fronds as they emerge from the nest. They are extremely fragile, and if you touch them, there is a high chance of them becoming damaged or deformed.

Botanical Name Asplenium nidus
Common Names Bird's nest fern, nest fern
Plant Type Perennial fern, grown as a houseplant in cooler climates
Mature Size Fronds grow to 20 to 59 inches long and 4 to 8 inches broad.
Sun Exposure Filtered or indirect light
Soil Type Peat-based potting mix
Soil pH 5 to 5.5
Bloom Time No flowers; grown for foliage
Flower Color No flowers; grown for foliage
Hardiness Zones 11 to 12
Native Area East tropical Africa and tropical Asia


These plants need filtered light to light shade. Don't expose to direct sun other than the very early morning sun. Placing the fern by an east- or north-facing window is ideal.



Plant the bird's nest fern in loose, rich organic matter or a peat-based potting mix. A mixture of two parts peat and one part perlite would work well. Otherwise, try a peat-based mixture with organic material.



These are true jungle plants. Keep their compost moist, but don't let the plant become soggy. Also, avoid watering right into the "nest" as that encourages mold and rot. Water the soil rather than the plant.


Temperature and Humidity

The bird's nest fern will thrive in a warm area. Keep the temperature between 68 and 80 degrees Fahrenheit. Cold drafts and sudden temperature drops will not be appreciated. The plant loves humidity and will thrive in humid environments such as the bathroom, a greenhouse, or a terrarium. You can even run a humidifier near the fern.



During the growing season (April through September), fertilize about once a month with weak liquid fertilizer. Don't put fertilizer pellets in the central cup or "nest." Withhold any fertilizer during the winter, when most plants are in their resting phase. Too much food will cause deformed leaves and/or brown or yellow-spotted leaves.


Potting and Repotting

Bird's nest ferns prefer to be slightly underpotted. As naturally they are used to growing in a minimum of organic material and mature plants will elongate above the soil level as the fern grows and sheds lower leaves. The problem, of course, is that large ferns will easily tip over their smaller pots. When repotting, usually every other year, use the next pot size up and refresh the compost.