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How to Care for a Bird’s Nest Fern

Use these instructions to care for a Bird's Nest Fern. This guide will tell you how to water your Bird's Nest Fern; its light, temperature, and humidity preferences; and any additional care it might need to help it grow.



LIGHT REQUIREMENTS
Your Bird’s Nest Fern will do best in medium to low light. The more light it receives, the more the leaves will crinkle and the less light, the flatter the leaves will be. Keep in mind, too much light or direct sunlight will cause the fronds on the fern to yellow and die.

WATER REQUIREMENTS
Under ideal circumstances, all ferns would like to have constantly moist, but not wet soil. However, the Bird’s Nest Fern will tolerate soil that dries out from time to time.

HUMIDITY PREFERENCE
This plant does not require the same level of humidity that many other kinds of ferns need, making the Bird’s Nest Fern more forgiving for the occasionally forgetful plant owner.

OPTIMUM TEMPERATURE
This fern will enjoy a warm area, preferably between 68-80 degrees, so maintain indoor temperatures above 60 degrees. Avoid cold drafts and sudden temperature changes.

PLANT FOOD
For best results, use a general houseplant fertilizer at half strength 2-3 times during the spring and summer. Too much food will cause deformed leaves with brown or yellow spots.

ADDITIONAL CARE
Try to keep the leaves of the Bird’s Nest Fern dry to avoid bacterial and fungal infections. Never put water in the crown (center) of a Bird’s Nest Fern since the crown rots easily. The fronds are fragile, so put this fern where passersby will not brush up against it.

TOXICITY
Bird’s Nest Ferns are non-poisonous plants and safe for humans, dogs and cats.