The Many Varieties of Bird's Nest Ferns

Did you know there are multiple varieties of bird's nest fern in the Asplenium family? Including this massive one Amy repotted last week.

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Can you believe this stunning and MASSIVE bird's nest fern that Amy repotted last week? It's one of our display plants and therefore has had plenty of time in an ideal environment to reach this amazing size.

The other reason it's so massive? That's how that particular variety grows.



Did you know there are multiple varieties of bird's nest fern in the Asplenium family? Here's a little introduction:



Asplenium antiquum 'Victoria'


One of the more recognizable because it is widely available, generally tolerates household growing conditions, and has hard-to-miss wavy edges on its fronds. (Though you will rarely see a Victoria of this size outside its natural habitat.)


Asplenium Crispy Wave

This plant's bright-green fronds are wavy and sword shaped. It's sculptural leaves are the reason this plant has been trending lately!



Asplenium australasicum

This is the species of our massive display plant. This fern's fronds can grow up to five feet long with a more upright growth habit and smoother leaves.


Asplenium Leslie

This unique fern has large ruffles at the end of each frond making it look like it is covered in frills.



Asplenium antiquum ‘Crissie’

This bird's nest fern has split fronds that look a bit like fingers.


Caring for Your Birds Nest Fern

Most bird's nest ferns prefer similar things:

  • consistently moist but not damp soil

  • high humidity

  • moderate indirect light

  • temperatures in the range of 68°-80° (keep protected from drafts and sudden temperature changes)


Keep in mind that while there is nothing more satisfying than watching a new frond unfurl from the center, you should refrain from touching them! They are extremely fragile, and if you touch them there is a high chance of them becoming damaged or deformed.


Did you know that according to the San Diego Zoo the newly emerging, curled fronds (called crosiers) of Asplenium australasicum are a popular vegetable in Taiwan. Learn more about these amazing plants on their website.