Birds Nest Fern

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Scientific name: Aspelinium Nidus

Another common name: Nest Fern

Aspelinium are native to Polynesia and Hawaii. These plants are from the fern family, although they do not look like one. As with all ferns they need a high percentage of humidity. In their tropical environments, Aspeliniums can grow to immense sizes, where a toddler can stand in the middle of these plants without you seeing a trace of him. These plants are moderately difficult in homes where the temperatures of the rooms fluctuate in summer, as air-conditions are turned on and off; depending on the whims of the owners. These abrupt drastic changes in temperatures, which can be as much as 20 degrees is very harmful even for humans.

Light

These plants need diffused light around 2 m from a window, but definitely not a direct sun.

Temperature

Aspeliniums enjoy the warm weather of the tropics. Try to insure, the heat of the room in summer not surpass the 35C. High temperatures accompanied with a dry atmosphere, is not ideal for these plants. These plants need high humidity, which can be achieved by letting these pot plants stand on gravel plates, full of water.

Watering

Do not allow compost dry out, keeping it humid most of the time.

Feeding

Feed them sparingly as the plants grow new leaves. Stop feeding once they are dormant. Every 2 to 3 weeks should be fine.

Varieties of Birds Nest Fern available in store

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