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Birds’ Nest Fern

Asplenium Antiquum
Asplenium Antiquum also known as “Bird’s Nest Fern”, develops an upright rosette of long, Lance-shaped fronds, with shiny leaves that have a ruffled, wavy edge and striking silhouette, giving it a highly decorative appearance. Initially the fronds of this asplenium are a light lime green, however they soon mature to a deeper, richer green.

 
General Care

Light:
Indirect light. Avoid direct sunlight.

Water:
Water around the edge of the center rosette to avoid the water becoming stagnant in the center, which may cause rot. Water once or twice a week.

Grow Medium:
A peat-based mixture with organic material is required.

Humidity:
Tough ferns, such as bird’s nest ferns, can survive with humidity levels from 30 to 50 percent, although added humidity from a humidifier or daily misting will help prevent the fronds from turning brown on their edges.

Temperature:
The bird’s nest fern will thrive in a warm area. Keep the temperature between 16 to 24 °C

Feeding:
Once or twice a month using an organic fertilizer.

Common Problems
Bacteria Blight – Translucent spots develop all over the leaves, enlarge quickly and turn reddish-brown with purple halos. Avoid overhead watering.
Foliar Nematode – Small dark green spots form at the base of fronds. Spots turn brown to black as they enlarge. Avoid wetting the fronds when watering.
Leaf Tip Burn – Tips of fronds and leaflets brown and die. Over-fertilization. Reduce the amount of fertilizer being used and leach the pots.
Pythium Root Rot – Plants have a gray color or are yellowed, stunted, and wilted. Roots are brown and rotted. Plant in pathogen-free pasteurized potting mix. Apply a fungicide to protect plants.

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