Bird's Nest Fern 'Austral Gem'
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Bird's Nest Fern 'Austral Gem'

Bird's Nest Fern 'Austral Gem'

Quick Facts
Common Name: Bird's Nest Fern
Hardiness Zone: 1-13S/W Exposure: Houseplants - Low Light
Mature Height: 12"
Read our Growing Guide Ships as: NURSERY POT AND CACHEPOT
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The low humidity caused by indoor heating and air conditioning will not faze this robust, carefree Bird's Nest Fern (Asplenium). A native of Australia, it creates an emerald mound of shiny, feathery foliage that arrives on sturdy yet graceful fronds. Because this is a sterile variety, you’ll be spared the occasional chore of wiping up spores that fall on counters or tables. Shipped in a approximately 7" wide x 6½" tall cement planter.

For more information on growing and care, click Growing Guide.




The size of the plants we ship has been selected to reduce the shock of transplanting. For some, this means a large, bareroot crown. Others cannot travel bareroot or transplant best if grown in containers. We ship these perennials and annuals in 1 pint pots, except as noted. We must point out that many perennials will not bloom the first year after planting, but will the following year, amply rewarding your patience. We ship bulbs as dormant, bare bulbs, sometimes with some wood shavings or moss. Shrubs, Roses, vines, and other woody plants may be shipped bareroot or in pots. The size of the pot is noted in the quick facts for each item.


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Light requirement

I don’t really agree that this is a good plant in low light. Mine was dying in a northeast window. It’s now in a southwest window and likes it there, along with my orchids.
Response from White Flower Farm — 2 months ago (02/09/24 12:22PM)

Plants do well with this kind of attentive care to their needs. A southwest window could burn plants to a crisp or be the perfect spot, depending on the season, latitude, overhangs, nearby trees or other variables. Bravo for finding the perfect spot and companions.

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Growing guide

Growing guide
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Bird's Nest Fern (Asplenium nidus) is a relatively carefree plant with an upright, clumping form and large fronds.

Light: Bird's Nest Fern grows best in filtered or indirect light. An east- or north-facing window is ideal.

Watering: Water your plant as necessary to keep the potting mix evenly moist but not soggy. These plants also benefit from moderate humidity when grown indoors. The best way to increase the humidity around your plants is to run a humidifier nearby. You can also set plants in trays filled with pebbles or gravel. Add water to a level just below the tops of the pebbles (if the potting mix in the pots comes in contact with the water, the mix will draw water into the pot, which will cause the mix to become saturated, eventually leading to rot). Refill trays frequently to replace water lost through evaporation.

Temperature: Bird's Nest Fern prefers to be kept at regular room temperature, with nighttime temperatures above 60°F.

Fertilizer: During the growing season (generally April into September) fertilize potted plants once a month using a houseplant formula mixed at 1/2 strength. Withhold fertilizer in fall and winter, when most plants rest.